Rail-trail debate (news)

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 ...

Railroad tracks run through North Country Community’s College’s main campus in Saranac Lake in October 2016. The state wants to buy this land so it owns all of the 34 miles of  rail corridor it plans to convert into a recreational trail.
(Enterprise photo — Justin A. Levine)

State to use EPF to buy rail trail land

SARANAC LAKE — The state plans to use Environmental Protection Fund money to acquire a section of its proposed Adirondack rail trail that currently is owned by North Country Community College. In a May 17 letter to village Mayor Clyde Rabideau, state Department of Environmental ...

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 ...