Comments Sought On Plan To Remove Historic Railroad

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NYC Railroad from Lake Clear LodgeThe Adirondack Park Agency (APA), at its November board meeting, announced a public comment period for Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance regarding proposals from the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) to amend the 1996 Remsen – Lake Placid Travel Corridor Unit Management Plan (1996 Plan).

APA will accept Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance comments until December 18, 2015.

The Proposed Final 2015 UMP Amendment/FSEIS includes a plan to divide the travel corridor into a rail segment and a trail segment. The plan would allow rail service from the Big Moose Station to the Tupper Lake Station (Segment 1), and the rail line between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid (Segment 2) would be removed and converted to a recreation trail.

The final plan is available to view or download on APA’s website.

The public is encouraged to comment on how the proposal conforms to the guidelines and criteria of the Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan. The Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan is available to view or download from the Adirondack Park Agency’s website –

Address all written comments pertaining to Adirondack Park State Land Master Plan conformance to:

Kathy Regan
Deputy Director for Planning
NYS Adirondack Park Agency
P.O. Box 99
Ray Brook, NY 12977
Fax: (518) 891-3938
Email –

Submit all conformance comments to the APA by December 18, 2015.

You can learn more about the issues surrounding the rail-trail controversy here.

Photo: The rail line in question looking north from Lake Clear Lodge. Photo by John Warren.

2 thoughts on “Comments Sought On Plan To Remove Historic Railroad

  1. Stanley A. Ransom

    As a folklist, folk musician and retired library director, I deplore the idea of tearing up any of the scenic tracks on this railroad. Think! There are hundreds of trails and snowmobile trails all over the Adirondacks. there is only one scenic railroad like this. Don’t remove an historic railroad. We don’t need another trail! We need an historic railroad to use as a scenic ride for tourists and local people and also as a self-propelled bicycle track, a most unique offering for tourists. Tourists will not come there to take a walk. They will come to go for a scenic ride on the train or bicycle powered ride, a real tourist attraction. If you truly do want tourists to come to the Adirondacks, give them the unique offering of an historic train ride! Think about it!

  2. Gregory Hubbard

    Mr. Ransom’s comment says it all: ‘We don’t need another trail!’ Another trail is a sop offered to make the removal of these tacks seem reasonable…’Why, we have this nifty use for these track lines.’ Golly….
    You will never be able to take the park back to year one. So finding an excuse to remove a scenic rail
    line is a waste of resources. I was not able to find any mention of the significant expense removal of this scenic line would entail. Another trail duplicating many others, smothering history and lots of money. Hardly worth the effort.
    Gregory Hubbard


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