Town seeks rail trail grant as Lake Placid rail removal plan remains on hold

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Adirondack Scenic Railroad train at Saranac Lake, N.Y., in 2016.
Bob Johnston
SARANAC LAKE, N.Y. — Proponents of a rail trail project in the village of Saranac Lake are seeking grant money for a rail trail project currently on hold.

A court-issued stay earlier this year prompted state leaders to hold off on plans to hire contractors to remove the railroad tracks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, the Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports.

Despite the hold, the village board of trustees agreed to move forward with plans to try to secure grant money. Earlier this week, the community applied for a local grant to help construct a multi-use connector trail between the proposed rail trail and Lake Flower Avenue in Saranac Lake.

While the state has approved a plan to remove the railroad tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake for a multi-use trail, a county judge issued a hold on the project until he receives more information about title disputes and the historic preservation of the rail corridor.

Current plans would remove 34 miles of tracks used by the railroad in exchange for track upgrades to a 45-mile section that would allow tourist trains to run as far north as Tupper Lake, N.Y.

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