The Board of Directors of the Adirondack Rail Preservation Society (ARPS), which operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, have announced that long-time Executive Director Bethan Maher has accepted a new post with the American Heritage Railways to head up the Mount Rainier Railroad and Logging Museum in Washington State.
“Bethan has made an enormous contribution to the success of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad,” Bill Branson said in an announcement sent to the press. “This new challenge is a compliment to Bethan’s work ethic and the success she has helped to make happen in our operations in the Mohawk Valley and the Adirondacks.” Branson said a search for new leadership has begun.
Maher has led the ARPS’s press release said that during Maher tenure, the organization “has seen the rail operation grow ridership by more than 60 percent and change the finances to a positive annual result.”
The Adirondack Preservation Society operates the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, offering heritage train excursions into the Adirondack Park. Learn more and purchase tickets online or by calling 1-800-819-2291.
Maher’s tenure at the Adirondack Scenic Railroad has been a real success, not just for the ASR but for the region as well. Best wishes to her in her new job, and best wishes for whomever her successor will be.
I can imagine her job interview where she describes the “horrible” thousands of people who want to use the rail line (minus the rail) as a bike/hike/snowmobile trail.
Interesting imagination you have there. Perhaps you are projecting a little?
IF I were going to put words in that hypothetical interview, I’d see it as more like being glad to have helped tens of thousands of people of all ages and all abilities enjoy the Adirondacks in a safe and comfortable manner, and to have helped preserve the living history of the region. I’d see it as being glad to have helped strengthen the local economy and forge partnerships with other businesses in the area.
“Horrible?” “Thousands?” In my experience there’s been just a handful of people who have been less than pleasant. If they were willing to give up their obsession with destroying the railroad and work together with everyone else, they could have their trails and the rails too. Everyone could win.
Thank you, Larry, for helping to maintain a positive, and truthful perspective about the contributions and benefits of the Adirondack Scenic Railroad to our region and for continuing to be a strong proponent of the Rail and Trail solution!