Report: Saratoga & North Creek operator to cease operations

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ALBANY, N.Y. — The operator of an embattled New York State short line says he'll cease operations after this week amid a controversy over storing tank cars in the Adirondacks and missing payments to local governments leasing the line.

The Glens Falls Post-Star reports that Iowa Pacific owner Ed Ellis, whose company operates the Saratoga & North Creek Railroad, will cease Saratoga operations after an April 7 train.

The Post-Star reports that Ellis told Warren County, N.Y., officials in late March that mounting loses would mean Saratoga's closure unless Iowa Pacific can sell a different branchline in Warren County.

The news from Ellis comes weeks after officials declared the rail operator in breach of a contract because, officials say, Iowa Pacific has been late with lease payments. Warren County owns the Saratoga rail line with the Town of Corinth, N.Y.

The railroad operator has lost money as a result of a local and state campaign to get freight car companies to remove tank cars from the Saratoga & North Creek, which lies in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains. Ellis has said storage payments on the tank cars helped fund operations and maintenance on the line.

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