Posts Tagged ‘Adirondack Scenic Railroad’

New York Tourist RR to Get Amtrak Dining Car

April 29, 2019

A New York tourist railroad has acquired a former Amtrak dining car.

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad has received a Heritage fleet diner that was once New York Central lounge car No. 463.

Railroad officials said that car would have traveled through Utica, New York, where the ASR is based, and perhaps traveled over ASR tracks to Lake Placid, New York.

Amtrak agreed to donate the car to the ASR because of its history. Several other railroads were also interested in acquiring the car.

The car is expected to arrive on the ASR sometime in May.

Rail-Trail Dispute Might Be Solved This Month

December 5, 2018

A dispute over efforts to transform part of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in New York State into a trail may be decided this month.’

At issue is 34 miles of track between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid, New York.

The tracks are located on state-owned land and are out of service.

The state has proposed ripping up the rails for a hiking and biking trail, but the railroad has sued, saying the tracks should be preserved for historical purposes.

The railroad won a victory in September 2017 when a court ruled the land had been designated to act as part of a “travel corridor,” which has long been defined as being either a highway or railroad corridor.

The Adirondack Park Agency will meet on December 13 to vote on a proposed amendment that would redefine a “railroad corridor” as being “for the operation of rail cars or to serve as a rail trail.”

Bill Branson, president of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society said this effort to redefine the permitted uses of the “travel corridor” is similar to previous actions that resulted in a court decision in favor of continued rail use.

Branson said the volunteer-operated tourist railroad has a significant economic impact on the area the railroad runs through.

Tony Goodwin, founding director of the Adirondack Recreational Trail Advocates, which favors removal of the rails, said that a 1996 plan contains several options, one of which is dividing the rail corridor into segments that could be used for a variety of purposes.

Goodwin said converting the land to enable recreational use would bring in more economic activity.