Located in the center of New York State, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad begins in Utica and goes north through the Adirondack Mountains to Thendara station (Old Forge) to Big Moose Station. Another section runs between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid stations. The ultimate aim is to connect the two sections and run it like it used to be.
The railroad played a key role in both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics.
The original railroad slowly went out of business and died under Penn Central Railroad . It came back to life for the 1980 Olympics. Then went out of business until the Adirondack Scenic Railroad began. In this “abandoned” era, “trail people” occupied it for hiking, snow mobiles, etc. This is where the dissention lies. They don’t want to leave.
New York State is trying to decide what to do. They have asked for comments and already have tons.
Amid discussion of the future of the Remsen-Lake Placid rail corridor, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will publicly launch an online campaign on Indiegogo to restore two vintage passenger cars;
Executive Director Bethan Maher said the cars, which haven’t been used for at least 15 years, could increase seasonal seating capacity by up to 11,000 passengers and generate up to $214,000 more annually.
Looking to raise about $72,000, the railroad is offering things such as signed art prints and naming rights to one of the restored cars as incentives for donations.
Here’s the link to INDIGOGO https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/railcar-restoration-project-adirondack-scenic-rr
Over the past five years, the railroad says its annual ridership has increased from 52,000 to 70,000.
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