New York governor lashes out at tank car storage on short line

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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York's governor is "100 percent" opposed to storing tank cars in the Adirondacks. But, so far, there's very little the state has done about it.

The Glens Falls (N.Y.) Post-Star quotes Gov. Andrew Cuomo saying that the state is reviewing the legality of the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad storing emptied tank cars on lesser-used lines the railroad operates into the Adirondack Mountain region.

"We oppose it 100 percent and we will do everything we can to stop the owner from storing on the tracks," Cuomo says, according to the newspaper.

The Saratoga railroad is an Iowa Pacific subsidiary. Shortline railroads with underused trackage have earned money in recent years from the downturn in the economy by hosting unwanted freight cars for set storage fees. Fees from the cars, in turn, help give smaller lines a healthier bottom line. The newspaper cites Iowa Pacific President Ed Ellis saying that the car storage fees at Saratoga would pay for track maintenance.

Although the governor and two state agencies have come out against car storage at Saratoga & North Creek, a New York Department of Transportation inspector already looked over the stored cars and found no problems, the newspaper reports.

In a statement to the paper, a Saratoga & North Creek representative said the freight cars are stored in compliance with all applicable federal rules.

See the original story online.
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