To the editor:
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad greatly values our place in the Tri-Lakes region as a vital part of the tourism industry as well as the cultural heritage of the area. As the newly appointed executive officer of the Adirondack Railroad, I would like to thank the dedicated and selfless firemen, first responders, forest rangers and volunteers of the community and surrounding areas.
On Thursday, July 12, our tourist train reported a blaze seen close to the tracks between Lake Placid and Ray Brook - we commend all the fire departments involved for their extremely prompt response and professionalism throughout the course of the day. Our train halted passenger service and had the opportunity to deliver not only firemen from Old Military Road, Ray Brook and Route 86 to the scene of the fire, but also hoses, pumps and other vital tools. Our passenger coaches were used as rehabilitation areas, where everyone fighting the blaze could rest in the air-conditioning and have a cold drink.
We hope that the local communities will see the value of the railroad, not only as a valuable economic and historic asset but as a potential life-saving mode of transportation to areas of the Adirondack Park that are otherwise isolated. I look forward to working with the local chambers of commerce, Next Stop Tupper Lake and other organizations to help the railroad become an even bigger, more vital part of the fabulous Tri-Lakes community.