Adirondack Scenic Railroad
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|Adirondack Scenic Railroad|
|Saranac Lake Station|
|Built by||Mohawk and Malone Railway|
|Original gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Preserved gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Preserved era||1992 -|
|1913||New York Central takes over|
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad (reporting mark ADIX) (ASR) is a tourist railway located in the Adirondack Park that operates over trackage of the former New York Central Railroad between Utica and Lake Placid. The railroad is operated by the not-for-profit Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, with train crews composed largely of volunteers.
ASR operates between Utica and Remsen over trackage of the Mohawk, Adirondack and Northern Railroad, part of the Genesee Valley Transportation Company. The Remsen-Lake Placid segment is owned by the state of New York and designated as a multi-use corridor for rail traffic during the spring, summer, and fall seasons, and as a snowmobile trail during the winter months.
Passenger trains operate from Utica to Thendara and to Lake Placid. Historic stations have been restored in Holland Patent, Remsen, Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid. The line is not used for freight traffic.
The railroad planned to restore passenger operations over the entire Utica-Lake Placid corridor. While this vision is supported by several local communities (most notably Tupper Lake and the Next Stop Tupper Lake organization), opponents are calling for the removal of the tracks to allow creation of a rail trail. The rails will be pulled up starting in the Fall of 2016.
The line was built in 1892 by William Seward Webb as the Mohawk & Malone Railway and later purchased by the New York Central. It passed to the Penn Central Transportation Company, which abandoned operations north of Remsen in 1972. The Adirondack Railway operated passenger services between Utica and Lake Placid from 1979 to 1981. Tracks were dormant from 1981 until 1992 when restoration began with a 4-mile (6.4 km) section from Thendara to Minnehaha, New York. The section was approved and demonstrated on July 4, 1992. At that point, the line was named the Adirondack Centennial Railroad. It was later renamed as the Adirondack Scenic Railroad in 1994.
- 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.
- Snow Junction
- Headquarters for the railroad and close to the tourist center of Old Forge.
- Carter Station
- Big Moose Station
- Beaver River
- Lake Clear Jct
- Tupper Lake Station in Tupper Lake (village), New York, also served as a junction for the New York and Ottawa Railway.
- Saranac Lake Union Depot in Saranac Lake, New York
- Lake Placid Station in Lake Placid, New York
- Winter sports center, best known as the two-time host of the Winter Olympics.
- "Search MARKs". Railinc. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
- "Next Stop Tupper Lake — Working to bring rail service back to Tupper Lake".
- "World-class bikeway envisioned". Adirondack Daily Enterprise. June 3, 2011.
- "Governor green-lights rail-trail plan - AdirondackDailyEnterprise.com - News, Sports, Jobs, Saranac Lake region — Adirondack Daily Enterprise".
- Gove 2006, pp. 65–69
- Drury 1985, p. 14
- Drury, George H. (1985). The Historical Guide to North American Railroads. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Kalmbach Publishing Company. ISBN 0-89024-072-8. LCCN 85080107.
- Gove, Bill (2006). Logging Railroads of the Adirondacks. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. ISBN 0-8156-0794-6. OCLC 61881113.
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