The Adirondack Preservation Society, operator of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, has announced the award of a $99,000 grant from The Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties for a new repair facility.
This grant will supplement a $791,000 grant awarded by the New York State Department of Transportation, and help the Railroad leverage their “matching funds” obligation.
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad serves in excess of 74,000 passengers a year, and is the second largest tourist attraction in Oneida County. The addition of a repair facility is considered vital by the organization to increasing the number of passengers that the Adirondack Scenic Railroad can accommodate.
Due to a change in use criteria at Griffiss Business & Technology Park, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad lost its repair facility in 2013. Repairs are currently being made to the fleet in the Utica rail yard.
“This is an extremely inefficient way to maintain a fleet, coupled with inhospitable working conditions in the winter, and leads to staff lay-offs between January and April,” a statement sent to the press said. “With the construction of a permanent repair facility the Adirondack Scenic Railroad will be able to overhaul an estimated two cars per year compared to the current rate of one car every two years.”
The Adirondack Preservation Society operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, offering heritage train excursions through the Adirondack Park.
Learn more and purchase tickets here, or by calling (1-800) 819-2291.
A version of this article was first published on the Adirondack Almanack.