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 Post subject: Re: Adirondack Park Agency oks scrapping RR line to Lake Pla
PostPosted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:18 am 

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The washout was first reported in a May 16, 2019 post by the Adirondack Explorer, a non-profit newsmagazine:
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A few weeks ago, a a couple of men came into the Explorer’s office to show us photos of a section of railroad bed had been washed out just north of Hoel Pond, where a stream enters the water body.

Apparently, the small inlet had grown into a river during a spring rain storm, washing out the soil under the tracks.

Yesterday, I decided to head out to the area to see the damage for myself. I paddled to the northern part of Hoel Pond, where the tracks were visible after I went a short distance up a small stream.

The damage was more severe than I anticipated. It looks like the stream knocked out a section of the railroad bed that was 40 to 60 feet wide and roughly 20-25 feet high. The damage was reminiscent of that caused by Tropical Storm Irene. You can see photos of the impacted area in the photo gallery above.
Link: Adirondack Explorer - Railroad bed washed out near Hoel Pond
The article includes 20 photographs of the washout and surrounding area.


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 Post subject: Re: Adirondack Park Agency oks scrapping RR line to Lake Pla
PostPosted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 10:32 pm 

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A July 5, 2019 article in the Utica, NY Observer-Dispatch newspaper:
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UTICA — After years of doing train repairs outside in all kinds of weather, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad has finally acquired property that will allow it to build a maintenance facility.

The 3.8-acre property is adjacent to Falvo Manufacturing near Harbor Point Road in North Utica. The property, which was previously owned by the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency, needed to be acquired and rezoned for the project.
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Funding for the project is provided in part by grants from the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties and the New York State Department of Transportation. Additional bridge funding was provided by M&T Bank.

Now that the property has been obtained, the next steps include clearing the land and sending out request for bids, Sperrazza said.

“We are at the point right now where we’re getting ready to get into the bid process,” he said. “So once the big process goes, then we’re going to be clearing the land and hopefully we can get some construction going this summer.”

Link to full article: Adirondack Scenic Railroad maintenance facility gets green light


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 Post subject: Re: Adirondack Park Agency oks scrapping RR line to Lake Pla
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:32 pm 

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A July 9, 2019 article in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise:
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SARANAC LAKE — As the state departments of Transportation and Environmental Conservation get ready to release a plan for the Remsen-Lake Placid Travel Corridor, the DEC has purchased several parcels of land in Saranac Lake.
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The DEC has posted on its website an 11-page “draft scope” document announcing the parameters of an upcoming draft amendment to the corridor’s unit management plan, as well as a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS). According to the draft scope, the new plan will be largely the same as the one proposed in 2016.
Link: State previews rail-trail plan, takes comments - Also buys parcels in Saranac Lake


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 Post subject: Re: Adirondack Park Agency oks scrapping RR line to Lake Pla
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:54 pm 

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In other news:

https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stor ... gotiations

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The railroad company that was negotiating to take over the 30-mile idled rail line from North Creek to the former Tahawus mine in the central Adirondacks says it’s no longer interested.

In a filing last month with the federal Surface Transportation Board, Denver-based OmniTRAX said it has decided to discontinue negotiations for the purchase of the Tahawus Line assets and had notified state officials and the current owner. Negotiations had begun last year.

“OmniTRAX continues to believe, however, that the Tahawus Line possesses sound commercial prospects for the right operator, but it has concluded that continued pursuit of this opportunity is not right for OmniTRAX at this time,” company attorney Robert Wimbish wrote in June.


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 Post subject: Re: Adirondack Park Agency oks scrapping RR line to Lake Pla
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 11:17 am 

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I fear we've moved this conversation several miles to the East. However, to follow up on Brother Mitchell:

Docket Number.: AB_1261_0

Case Title: NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION--ADVERSE ABANDONMENT--SARATOGA AND NORTH CREEK RAILWAY IN TOWN OF JOHNSBURG, N.Y.

General Filing Type: Motion/Petition/Request

Filed On: 07/11/2019

Filed For: United Rail, Inc.
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Since the May 24, 2019 STB Order, United Rail, Inc. (“United Rail”) has initiated preliminary discussions with SNCR about the purchase of the Line. United Rail was recently chosen by Warren County through a request-for-proposal process to be the operator of a rail line that directly connects with the Line in North Creek, New York and begins discussions about this rail operation on July 18. As a result, United Rail respectfully asks the STB to continue the stay order and have the parties provide a status report in 60 days from July 19, so these discussions may continue. SNCR does not object to this request. United Rail also respectfully asks to be made a party of record in the above-referenced proceeding.
https://www.stb.gov/filings/all.nsf/ba7f93537688b8e5852573210004b318/f92562bb91d96eaf852584350038d7f8/$FILE/248182.pdf

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