Rail-trail debate (news)

(Berggren photo provided from his website, Ellis photo from YouTube "Keeping Tracks" video)

Dueling train songs

A dispute over train car storage in North Creek has switched from train tracks to music tracks as Adirondack folk songwriter Dan Berggren and Iowa Pacific Holdings CEO Ed Ellis trade songs debating the issue. Equipped with guitars, the melody from “Home on the Range” and biting lyrics on ...

Approximately 4,200 wooden beams are stacked near Old Military Road in Lake Placid Tuesday to aid in replacing six utility poles on the line along the railroad tracks that feeds Lake Placid’s electrical needs.
(Enterprise photo — Griffin Kelly)

National Grid stockpiles wood to cover rails as it replaces power poles

LAKE PLACID — Trucks upon trucks loaded with long wooden beams have been coming into Lake Placid over the past few days and stockpiling the beams in a lot on Old Military Road beside the fire department. Lake Placid's electric superintendent, Kimball Daby, said National Grid has shipped ...

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s engine pulls out of the Saranac Lake train depot in fall 2016 on its way down to the Utica area for winter storage.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

State files rail trail appeal notice

The state attorney general’s office, on behalf of the state departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation and the state Adirondack Park Agency, has filed a notice to appeal the recent court decision shooting down a proposed rail-trail plan. In September, acting state ...

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s engine pulls out of the Saranac Lake train depot in fall 2016 on its way down to the Utica area for winter storage.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

State files rail-trail appeal notice

The state attorney general’s office, on behalf of the state departments of Environmental Conservation and Transportation and the state Adirondack Park Agency, has filed a notice to appeal the recent court decision shooting down a proposed rail-trail plan. In September, acting state ...

Members of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad are making plans to bring trains to Tupper Lake’s rebuilt station.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Railroad wants Tupper Lake on board

TUPPER LAKE — Motivated by a judge’s rejection of a state plan to replace the Tri-Lakes railway with a multi-use trail, Adirondack Scenic Railroad officials are searching for state funding and local support to get a train running to or through Tupper Lake again. The executive director of ...

Trees overhang railroad tracks next to the crossing at Cedar Street, Saranac Lake, part of the disputed Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Rail resolution derailed in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — A resolution to urge the governor’s office to appeal Judge Robert Main Jr.’s decision about the disputed Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor failed to pass the village board Monday night. The vote was 2-2 and therefore did not pass. Trustees Allie Pelletieri and Rich ...

Trees overhang railroad tracks next to the crossing at Cedar Street, Saranac Lake, part of the disputed Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor.
(Enterprise photo — Peter Crowley)

Rail resolution derailed in Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE — A resolution to urge the governor’s office to appeal Judge Robert Main Jr.’s decision about the disputed Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor failed to pass the village board Monday night. The vote was 2-2 and therefore did not pass. Trustees Allie Pelletieri and Rich ...

The depot at “Next Stop Tupper Lake” is the proposed switching point where rail-trail riders would get off a train and on the trail.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Getting Tupper Lake on track … or trail

TUPPER LAKE — While towns, villages and residents of the Tri-Lakes area weigh in on a judge’s recent ruling on the proposed rail-trail debate in hopes Gov. Andrew Cuomo will give the project a thumbs-up or down, residents in the “Crossroads of the Adirondacks” look for a speedy ...

Placid village board still wants tracks to become trail

LAKE PLACID — A week after the North Elba Town Council reaffirmed its commitment to the construction of a multi-use trail on the train tracks that link the Tri-Lakes villages, the Lake Placid Board of Trustees agreed and also criticized those in favor of keeping the tracks. Trustee Jason ...

North Elba to support rail-trail appeal

LAKE PLACID — The town of North Elba will enlist a University of Albany law school professor to, on the town’s behalf, appeal the decision of a Franklin County judge that the state’s plan to build a 34-mile rail trail from Lake Placid to Tupper Lake was “arbitrary and capricious” and ...

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad makes its way along the tracks near Saranac Lake in October 2016.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

State mum on what next after judge shot down rail-trail plan

SARANAC LAKE — Last week, an acting state Supreme Court justice put an end to years of debate over what would happen with a 34-mile stretch of train tracks when he sided with an upstate railroad in its lawsuit against New York state. Judge Robert Main, Jr. ruled that the state acted ...

Engine 5019 sits on siding tracks south of the Saratoga and North Creek Railway depot. The railway plans to store more train cars like this to bring in additional revenue by renting extra siding line space to companies with excess cars.
(Enterprise photo — Aaron Cerbone)

Railway on track to store train cars in North Country

NORTH CREEK — As the Saratoga and North Creek Railway plans to bring in revenue by storing train cars from other companies, environmental organizations are calling for the state to reject the plan in the interest of preserving the Adirondack Park. A branch of the Iowa Pacific Holdings ...

Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall (Photo provided)

Placid mayor: Electric repairs with rails may be possible

LAKE PLACID — National Grid will use equipment that can ride atop the rails to inspect the electric line and power poles that travel through a right-of-way that feeds electricity to this village. The utility company will do so on Oct. 2, Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall said. This ...

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad makes its way along the tracks near Saranac Lake in October 2016.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Judge rules tracks must stay

MALONE — A judge ruled Wednesday that the state’s plan to build a 34-mile rail trail was “arbitrary and capricious” and failed to follow numerous state laws. “The 2016 UMP [unit management plan] is annulled and vacated, in its entirety, and in each and every part,” acting state ...

Lake Placid village Mayor Craig Randall (Photo provided)

Placid mayor: Rails in way of electric improvements

LAKE PLACID — A new variable has entered the enduring rail-trail debate as this village’s mayor says the lingering rails and ties on the right of way through which this village’s electric supply feeds are in the way of electric improvements and fixes. Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall ...

Railroad buys 2 more cars, pledges to grow

UTICA — The Adirondack Scenic Railroad bought two used passenger cars last week, saying the purchase demonstrates “that the rail operation will continue to grow.” The nonprofit corporation announced Tuesday that it bought the cars from the Norfolk Southern railroad company at an ...

No time frame for decision on rail-trail lawsuit

No time frame has been set to resolve a lawsuit against the state over a proposed rail trail. “The decision remains, sub judice, or still before the court,” Franklin County Clerk Kip Cassavaw wrote in an email Wednesday. The lawsuit was filed more than a year ago by the Adirondack ...

DEC will inspect rail-trail corridor

RAY BROOK — Staff from the state Department of Environmental Conservation, along with consultants and engineers, will inspect the corridor of the proposed Adirondack Rail Trail between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid over the next few weeks. The DEC wrote in a press release the work would ...

Riders take a rail bike across the Hudson River with Revolution Rail Co. on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway line in North Creek.
(Photo provided by Revolution Rail Co.)

New rail bike company starts up near North Creek

JOHNSBURG — The picturesque rail line north of North Creek has come alive as a new “rail bike” company began operation. Revolution Rail Co. began offering trips July 15 as a “soft opening” before beginning seven-day-a-week operation on Aug. 1. Robert Harte, one of the founders of ...

Rail Explorers owners Mary Joy Lu and Alex Catchpoole pose with one of their rail bikes in October 2015 in Saranac Lake.
(Enterprise photo — Matthew Turner)

Rail Explorers rolling in Rhode Island

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — There’s a new way to ride the rails in Rhode Island: by pedaling a rail bike beside picturesque Narragansett Bay. Rail Explorers opened in Portsmouth in April as part of the Newport and Narragansett Bay Railroad. On a gorgeous summer day in July, the site was ...