Adirondack Rail Preservation Society Names New Director


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adk scenic railroadJack A. Roberson is the new Executive Director of the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society (ARPS). He takes the position effective immediately.

In an announcement sent to the press. President of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Bill Branson said: “Mr. Roberson joins the ARPS continuing a life-long career in the railroad industry. He brings expertise and experience in all aspects of operations, tourism marketing, and finance. His leadership will contribute greatly to implementing the long-term ARPS strategy to expand and improve rail passenger services into the Adirondack region.”

Roberson’s experience includes serving as the General Manager of the Machu-Picchu Andean Railway, General Manager of the San Luis & Rio Grande Railroad, and President and CEO of the Central Andean Railway (the largest heavy haul railroad in Peru running 100-miles from sea-level to 15,000 feet. Prior to that he was General Manager, Southern Peru Copper Corporation.

Roberson’s statement to the press said: “I am excited to join a team that has revitalized an important economic asset in central upstate New York. The ARPS and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad are major contributors to and supporters of the tourism and recreation sector from the Mohawk Valley into the Olympic Region of the Adirondacks. My family and I are looking forward to working with the Board, staff and hundreds of volunteers to grow this operation to become a magnet attraction in the northeast United States.”

The Adirondack Rail Preservation Society operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad.

A version of this article first appeared on the Adirondack Almanack.

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