Shrot Line in New York Comes Back to Life

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Shrot Line in New York Comes Back to Life

Postby Mark D » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:16 am

Typical nimby trouble, but this is interesting. What I'm wondering is whether anyone here has any information on this railroad. It is apparently an operating railroad, and the track in question in the article I have pasted parts of below has been inactive for a number of years, but is now in service again.
It seems that the track starts on a wye from the mainline, and heads in a winding route up to a place called Tahawus, which is just a set of sidings in the middle of the Adirondack State Park.
The article doesn't mention what is hauled. The railroad is apparently owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings, but the railroad name is, or at least was in 2008, the St. Lawerence and Hudson.
That's all I know about it. Anyone have any idea what is hauled on this line, and any historic information on this short line railroad?

Article excerpts below;

Back on track Resurgence of railroads across America creates new jobs
By Molly Line
Published August 08, 2012
LINK TO FULL ARTICLE - ... -new-jobs/

Across America, railroad tracks that once rattled with loads of goods have been dormant and overgrown. But that is changing. With gas and oil prices rising, rail shipping is seeing a resurgence, and the small town of North Creek, N.Y., is seeing the reopening of tracks that were shut down more than two decades ago.

"Trains use only about a fourth of the fuel that trucks use, and they emit only one-fourth of the pollutants -- so it's a much more environmentally friendly way to move anything," said Ed Ellis, president of Iowa Pacific Holdings, the rail company that's working to clear 30 miles of track between North Creek and Tahawus, where an old mine will provide long-leftover rock for new projects. Ellis says the railway may one day be used for other products like lumber or minerals. "We're excited about the idea that we're bringing rail freight back to the North Country after a lapse of over 20 years."

Ellis says many new jobs will be created, and he envisions success that may one day provide for more than 100 workers.

"There will be a number of new jobs created. We have people out working on the track. We've created train service jobs, the people who actually run the trains and work the trains but, in addition to that, there will be jobs crushing the rock, loading cars," said Ellis.

George Canon, the town supervisor of nearby Newcomb, says the work will be welcome.

"In this particular town of 480 people, a job with 10 people or 20 people is huge," said Canon, who once worked at Tahawus Mine, where the railway will soon lead, as soon as next summer. He hopes to see big machinery back in action at the mine and fresh paychecks in the pockets of workers. "If they started a......"

"Not everyone wants to see the trains back on track. As the clearing of tracks gets under way in the miles surrounding North Creek, environmental organizations are expressing concerns about the Forest Preserve where the tracks are routed. Local environmentalist and activist Charles Morrison says the government never should have used eminent domain to lay the rails through the area in the 1940s.

"The solution is to have the land that was taken by the federal government returned to the people of New York State. That can only be done by removing the rails and going to court," said Morrison, though it's unclear if efforts to appeal the approval process will be able to stall development.

Thus far, the project has yet to be derailed by lawsuits..."
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