Yes, the railroad to Tahawus will start freight shipments from their first customer in February 2013. The customer is Barton Mines, which is closer to Gore Mountain than North Creek or Tahawus.
Barton Mines will be shipping garnet for industrial uses. They are the leading producer of garnet for products like waterjets.
Freight trains have been gone from the rail line for more than two decades.
the rail line is open from North River south, and Saratoga & North Creek Railway is working with “several other companies” in the region about using the rail for freight transportation.
Garnet, the January birthstone, derived its name from the Latin word granatus, meaning like a grain, which refers to the mode of occurrence wherein crystals resemble grains or seeds embedded in the matrix. Garnet is a family of minerals having similar physical and crystalline properties. They all have the same general chemical formula,
, where A can be calcium, magnesium, ferrous iron, or manganese, and B can be aluminum, ferric iron, or chromium, or in rare instances, titanium.