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Last week, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced a proposal that could bring big changes to the region and potentially enhance both recreational and tourist opportunities between Adirondack communities.
The proposal concerns the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor, a 119-mile strip that winds from the southwest corner of the Adirondack Park to the northeast corner. The corridor was originally home to a railroad that was built in the 1890s to bring wealthy families to their seasonal Adirondack estates, but parts of the line began falling into disrepair in the mid-1900s. By 1975, the line had been completely abandoned, and was taken over by New York State.
- Removing the rail infrastructure within the Corridor between the Village of Tupper Lake and the Village of Lake Placid and establishing a multiple-use recreational trail
- Maintaining the existing rail infrastructure and enhancing train service between the village of Remsen and the Big Moose Station
- Rehabilitating the rail infrastructure between the Big Moose Station and the Village of Tupper Lake to allow passenger train service to be restored for a contiguous 85 miles
- Developing a community connector snowmobile system both within and outside of the Corridor, which will attract additional snowmobilers to the Adirondacks and Adirondack communities.
This has battle has been going on for years now and I am literally torn on the issue. Part of me wants to see the rail line intact all the way to Lake Placid. This rail line traverses some of the most beautiful scenery in the Adirondack Park. However another part of me likes the idea of a multi use trail giving other opportunities to see this wonder. In a perfect world a multi-use trail right beside the railroad would be the perfect compromise. No matter the final outcome of this I look forward to exploring this remote section of the Adirondacks.
The above link you can find most articles related to this issue archived through the Adirondack Explorer.
- DEC: DEC & DOT Issue Proposed Amendment to the Management Plan for the Remsen to Lake Placid Travel Corridor
- ABC News (AP): NY Plans Tourist Train Upgrade and New Trail in Adirondacks
- The Times Union: Adirondack rail line survives, but shrinks, in state trail plan
- Adirondack Scenic Railroad: History