Adirondack Scenic now on preservation group list

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An Adirondack Scenic Railroad crosses the Moose River on a return to Utica, N.Y. A preservation group recently named the railroad one of "seven to save" historic places in New York State.
Adirondack Scenic Railroad
TUPPER LAKE, N.Y. — A non-profit preservation group names the Adirondack Scenic Railroad as one of New York State’s “Seven to Save” list of endangered places.

The announcement by the Preservation League of New York State comes in the midst of a controversy over the future of the railroad's entire route from Utica to Lake Placid, N.Y., which was a former branch of the New York Central.

“We are appreciative the group is giving us this designation,” says Bill Branson, director of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, which operates the railroad.

Branson says the railroad will be meeting with members of the preservation league in the upcoming weeks to establish a series of action steps that can be taken. Branson says the league has the ability to “give more visibility” to historic places that are endangered.

“The corridor is a very long corridor,” Branson says. “The buildings, structures, and tracks are all on the national and state register.”

According to the league’s website, the organization’s main goal is to invest in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of the state’s historic buildings and landscapes.

Under a recently approved plan by the Adirondack Park Agency, the northern 36 miles of the railroad corridor between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid will be abandoned and converted into a recreational trail.
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