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All aboard for Tupper train depot open house

August 12, 2009
By JESSICA COLLIER, Enterprise Staff Writer

TUPPER LAKE - Next Stop! Tupper Lake will hold an open house Friday at the recently erected train depot in Tupper Lake.

"We'd love to have people stop by and see what we've done," said Next Stop! Chairman Dan McClelland, who is also owner and publisher of the Tupper Lake Free Press.

McClelland said everyone is welcome to attend the open house, and he expects supporters from around the Tri-Lakes, and possibly outside the area, to stop in.

About a dozen people showed up to each of two work sessions in recent weeks to get the station swept, washed and dusted, McClelland said. Volunteers have also donated some artifacts for a railroad museum, which are being displayed at the depot.

"We're just kind of proud to show it off to the community," McClelland said.

McClelland said Next Stop! Tupper Lake is still looking for more donations of artifacts for the railroad museum.

He said organizers still plan to do more work on the floor and the heating system in the building.

The organization is also looking for a tenant for the building - a business that might be interested in working with the museum. The goal for the depot is to turn it into a hospitality center, a railroad museum and a place to sell tickets if the railroad starts chugging through the station, and Next Stop! is looking for a tenant that would fit in with that vision.

Part of the reason for the open house is to get people thinking about those kinds of possibilities.

"Maybe we might tweak the interest of some person," McClelland said.

McClelland said the organization plans to hold a grand opening in the fall.


Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 25 or



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