Adirondack Scenic Railroad

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Adirondack Scenic Railroad
Adirondack Scenic Railroad logo.png
Image-Adirondack Scenic Railroad - Saranac Lake Stn - Front.jpg
Saranac Lake Station
Locale New York
Terminus Lake Placid
Commercial operations
Built by Mohawk and Malone Railway
Original gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preserved operations
Reporting mark ADIX
Preserved gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Preserved era 1992 -
Commercial history
1913 New York Central takes over
Closed 1980
Preservation history
1992 Restoration starts

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad (reporting mark ADIX)[1] is a tourist railway located in the Adirondack Park that operates on the tracks of the former New York Central RR Adirondack Division between Utica and Lake Placid. The Adirondack Scenic is operated by the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, a not-for profit entity, with train crews largely made up of volunteers.

Between Utica and Remsen, the Adirondack Scenic operates on the tracks of the Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern RR, part of the Genesee Valley Transportation Company. Between Remsen and Lake Placid, the tracks and right-of way are owned by the State of New York and is designated as a multi-use corridor. The multi-use corridor is designated for rail traffic during the spring, summer and fall seasons and as a snowmobile trail during the winter months.

During the operating season, passenger trains operate from Utica to Thendara and to Lake Placid. Historic stations have been restored in Holland Patent, Remsen, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid. The line is not used for freight traffic.

The long range goal of the Adirondack Preservation Society is to restore passenger train operations to the entire Remsen to Lake Placid corridor. While this vision is supported by some communities along the line (most notably Tupper Lake and the Next Stop Tupper Lake organization), others are calling for the removal of the tracks to allow creation of a bicycle/hiking trail along the rail corridor.[2] A similar movement has recently targeted the Catskill Mountain Railroad in Ulster County. The rail-trail corridor was recently voted down, and the railroad has adjusted its timetable to increase tourist trade. [3]

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The line itself was originally built by William Seward Webb as the Mohawk and Malone Railway, which was subsequently bought by the New York Central. The railway remained dormant from 1980 until 1992 when restoration began with a short, 4-mile (6.4 km) section from Thendara to Minnehaha, New York. The section was approved and was demonstrated that year on Independence Day.

At this time, it was called the Adirondack Centennial Railroad. In 1994, after gaining popularity, it was renamed the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, and has run under that name every year since.

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Built between 1912 and May 1914 by the New York Central Railroad, it is also served by Amtrak.
Located in Remsen (village), New York this was a union station for the Utica and Black River Railroad and the New York Central Railroad.
See remsendepot.com for more information.
for Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern Railroad to Lyons Falls.
Headquarters for the railroad and close to the tourist center of Old Forge.
Winter sports center, best known as the two-time host of the Winter Olympics.

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