More cool stuff on the section of the Adirodack Railroad that Governor Cuomo stuck his nose into.
Some of the Trail Advocates have actually said they would start tearing up the tracks as soon as the trains stopped running last Fall. And one of the trail planning groups even suggested that individuals actually go and do that.
Can you imagine the disaster that would create for the professional rail removers the State would contract. I can see a bunch of people rush to the nearest piece of track and start tearing it out. Then after a few minutes, realize that tearing out rails is actually hard work and just drop everything where it is, and leave little gaps here and there where rails are missing or thrown off to the side.
The Judge immediately put in place a Ceast and Desist Order, which he should, so nothing can be done by either side. So the State can not contract with anyone to come in and start ripping up rails. As to any individuals who would try to do that, they would be in violation of the Court Order.
I have no idea if anyone anywhere along the line has gone in and tore out anything. The Railroad is not inspecting or doing any maintenance to the tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid this year, so I have no idea what might have been done to any sections of track since the Railroad ran the last train out in early November. I don’t know if anyone is checking that section of track. Probably no one is.
Unfortunately for the Trail Advocates, I personally believe they have been sold a bill of goods, and are gullible enough to fall for it, by the Anti-Rail people, who actually only want the rails gone so the Adirondacks can go back to “Forever Wild”. I don’t believe those few people actually want a trail any more than they want the Railroad. To gain public support to get rid of the rails, they promised the “wonderful, first class” trail that would be such a great trail that it would bring in hordes of people from everywhere in the US and the World and these people would spend $500,000 a week in the communities along the trail. I kid you not, they actually said that, and the trail people actually bought that.
Of course because the real objective of the people behind the trail really only want the railroad gone, they would have nothing to do, and opposed, having a trail run along with the railroad.
So communities like Saranac Lake are going to end up with nothing. No Railroad bringing in tourists, no Rail Explorers bringing in people, and no trail bringing in people. Actually the trail people are admitting mostly local people are going to be using the new trail, and nothing about a new trail is going to make local people spend any more money in the community than they do now.
Hopefully the lawsuit will be settled in favor of the Railroad and the trains can come back.