Last of Out-of-Service Rail Cars Leave the Adirondacks
Two dozen rail cars that were sitting on remote railway in the Adirondacks have been removed.
According to The Saratogian, the rail cars had been stored at a remote line in the Adirondacks since last year by Iowa Pacific Holdings LLC, out of Chicago. The firm had stored the rail cars on a 30 mile line from North Creek north in a move to generate money, leasing track space to out-of-state companies. The move drew criticism though from environmental groups that thought the long-term storage of the cars would threaten the Adirondacks both ecologically and aesthetically, basically turning it into a junkyard. Peter Bauer, the Protect the Adirondacks executive director said "Storage on the oil tankers along the Boreas and Opalescent Rivers was an insult to the Adirondack Park and local communities. The removal of the oil tankers from the Adirondacks closes a sad chapter in Adirondacks history." A portion of the route runs through the Adirondack Forest Preserve and some environmentalist feel that it should be turned into a multi-use recreational trail. Some other ideas being floated around for the area include rail bikes, hiking trails, or a new bicycle path.
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