Rail-trail debate (news)

An Adirondack Scenic Railroad worker looks out of the back of the train as it leaves Saranac Lake’s Union Depot on Oct. 26, 2016, after its last ride of the season — and perhaps ever.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)

Adirondacks are anomaly in ‘Rails-to-Trails’ doc

SARANAC LAKE — A new public television documentary presents the Adirondack rail-trail debate in light of a rails-to-trails trend that is booming statewide. New York City’s WLIW PBS station on Thursday broadcast “Rails-to-Trails,” the latest entry in its irregular “Treasures of ...

This artist's rendering shows what a trail is expected to look like, replacing railroad tracks along the Lake Colby causeway just outside Saranac Lake village.

Rail trail sessions end with small crowd

RAY BROOK — About 20 people attended the second of two public meetings the state held this week concerning the proposed plan for the Adirondack Rail Trail. No members of the public attended the first such meeting. The state Department of Environmental Conservation held one meeting in ...

DEC to take comments on rail trail plan

The state Department of Environmental Conservation will take public comments and answering questions on the conceptual plan for the Adirondack Rail Trail at two public meetings this week. The DEC will host the public in Tupper Lake in the Community Room of the Tupper Lake Emergency Services ...

(Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

Salvage yard tops Tupper rail trail session

TUPPER LAKE — Members of the community convened Wednesday night at the Goff-Nelson Memorial Library for the latest in a series of public information sessions regarding the proposed Adirondack rail trail. As envisioned, the trail will be a 34-mile multi-purpose stone-dust trail connecting ...

Two members of the public look over maps of the proposed Adirondack Rail Trail during the first in a series of public meetings on the conceptual plan released by the state last week.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

Series of rail trail meetings underway

SARANAC LAKE — About 30 people gathered at the Saranac Lake Free Library Monday evening for the first in a series of public information sessions on the proposed rail trail that would connect the villages of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. Saranac Lake village Trustee Rich ...

DEC releases conceptual rail trail plan

RAY BROOK — A series of public meetings have been scheduled on the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s conceptual plan for a proposed rail trail between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. The Draft Adirondack Rail Trail Conceptual Plan was released Monday for public review and ...

People board the Adirondack Scenic Railroad train at the Union Depot in Saranac Lake. 
(Enterprise file photo — Chris Knight)

No trains in the Tri-Lakes this year

SARANAC LAKE — The haunting sound of train whistles won’t be heard locally this year, as the state Department of Transportation will not issue a permit for the trains to run north of the Big Moose station. The Adirondack Rail Preservation Society, based in Utica, has been running ...

People board the Adirondack Scenic Railroad train at the Union Depot in Saranac Lake. 
(Enterprise file photo — Chris Knight)

No trains in Tri-Lakes this year

SARANAC LAKE -- The haunting sound of train whistles won't be heard locally this year, as the state Department of Transportation will not issue a permit for the trains to run north of the Big Moose station. The Adirondack Rail Preservation Society, based in Utica, has been running seasonal ...

The Tupper Lake train depot on Main Street is seen Tuesday. 
(Enterprise photo — Ben Gocker)

Tupper Lake applies for new Smart Growth grant

TUPPER LAKE — For the third year in a row, the town of Tupper Lake is looking to take advantage of Smart Growth grant funding administered by the state Department of Environmental Conservation to boost local development. At the end of March, the town submitted an application seeking ...

Trail could go off the rails, train group warns

MALONE — Lawyers for the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society say the state may reroute part of a trail along village of Saranac Lake streets and sidewalks if it doesn’t sort out ownership issues for the railroad the trail would replace. Also in paperwork filed this week, lawyers ...

Saranac Lake seeks grant for rail trail connection

SARANAC LAKE — The village is seeking more grant money to make a connection to the state’s proposed rail trail. Meanwhile, the state is holding off on seeking contractors to remove the railroad tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid because of a court-issued stay. - Funds for ...

An Adirondack Scenic Railroad train travels on Oct. 22 through Saranac Lake’s North Country Community College campus, where the land ownership has been in dispute.
(Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

Judge orders more info from state on railroad title issues

A judge has ordered the state to provide more information on title issues and historic preservation of 34 miles of a travel corridor that the state plans to turn into a multi-use trail. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Main is dealing with a lawsuit the Adirondack Railway ...

An Adirondack Scenic Railroad train travels on Oct. 22 through Saranac Lake’s North Country Community College campus, where the land ownership has been in dispute.
(Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

Judge orders more info from state on railroad title issues

A judge has ordered the state to provide more information on title issues and historic preservation of 34 miles of a travel corridor that the state plans to turn into a multi-use trail. Acting state Supreme Court Justice Robert Main is dealing with a lawsuit the Adirondack Railway ...

A man looks out the back of an Adirondack Scenic Railroad train as it pulls out of Saranac Lake on Oct. 26, 2016, to spend the winter in Utica — possibly never to return if the railroad group loses its lawsuit against a state plan to remove this portion of track. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Judge requests more info in railroad lawsuit

MALONE — The judge presiding over a lawsuit filed against the state by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society requested more information from lawyers on certain issues at a hearing Monday morning. Franklin County Judge Robert Main Jr. did not give a timeframe for response, and the ...

A man looks out the back of an Adirondack Scenic Railroad train as it pulls out of Saranac Lake on Oct. 26, 2016, to spend the winter in Utica — possibly never to return if the railroad group loses its lawsuit against a state plan to remove this portion of track. (Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)

Judge requests more information in railroad lawsuit

MALONE — The judge presiding over a lawsuit filed against the state by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society requested more information from lawyers on certain issues at a hearing Monday morning. Franklin County Judge Robert Main Jr. did not give a timeframe for ...

An Adirondack Scenic Railroad train makes one of its last runs of the year — and possibly ever — through North Country Community College’s Saranac Lake campus en route to Lake Placid Oct. 22. The state is working on securing legal use or ownership of railroad corridor land parcels at NCCC.
(Enterprise photo — Morgan Ryan)

State works with owners on rail trail parcels in question

RAY BROOK — The state has reached agreement with the owners of several land parcels in a railroad corridor, mostly resolving an ownership issue, according to a group charged with planning a 34-mile trail to replace the railroad between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake. Notes from the ...