Iowa Pacific may reopen line in New York State

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NORTH CREEK, N.Y. — Iowa Pacific Holdings is considering reopening 28 miles of railroad in northeastern New York, the Plattsburgh Press Republican reports. The line runs north from North Creek to National Lead’s titanium mines in the hamlet of Tahawus, N.Y. It hasn’t been used since the mines closed in the 1980s. The Essex County Industrial Development Authority currently owns the line for tax purposes but is preparing to transfer it back to National Lead.

If the deal goes through, Iowa Pacific would run the line as part of the Upper Hudson River Railroad, which operates 40 miles of the former Adirondack Branch of the Delaware & Hudson. The railroad operates as a tourist line south of North Creek and connects with Canadian Pacific’s Delaware & Hudson at Corinth, N.Y. The track is owned by Warren County, which is seeking proposals for operating it since the contract with the present operator expires Dec. 31.

The Warren County Public Works Committee has voted to endorse an offer from Iowa Pacific. Iowa Pacific President Ed Ellis said the company wants to buy the Tahawus line if it gets a contract to operate the Upper Hudson River. Ellis said Iowa Pacific wants the line to move freight trains to the Barton Mines quarry in North River, N.Y., five miles from North Creek.

The railroad would then be able to move garnet minerals out of Barton Mines to market. Ellis said Iowa Pacific would also consider using the Tahawus line for tourist operations.
NORTH CREEK, N.Y. — Iowa Pacific Holdings is considering reopening 28 miles of railroad in northeastern New York, the Plattsburgh Press Republican reports. The line runs north from North Creek to National Lead’s titanium mines in the hamlet of Tahawus, N.Y. It hasn’t been used since the mines closed in the 1980s. The Essex County Industrial Development Authority currently owns the line for tax purposes but is preparing to transfer it back to National Lead.

If the deal goes through, Iowa Pacific would run the line as part of the Upper Hudson River Railroad, which operates 40 miles of the former Adirondack Branch of the Delaware & Hudson. The railroad operates as a tourist line south of North Creek and connects with Canadian Pacific’s Delaware & Hudson at Corinth, N.Y. The track is owned by Warren County, which is seeking proposals for operating it since the contract with the present operator expires Dec. 31.

The Warren County Public Works Committee has voted to endorse an offer from Iowa Pacific. Iowa Pacific President Ed Ellis said the company wants to buy the Tahawus line if it gets a contract to operate the Upper Hudson River. Ellis said Iowa Pacific wants the line to move freight trains to the Barton Mines quarry in North River, N.Y., five miles from North Creek.

The railroad would then be able to move garnet minerals out of Barton Mines to market. Ellis said Iowa Pacific would also consider using the Tahawus line for tourist operations.
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