Work is underway in the Saranac Lake area to remove the railroad tracks and replace them with a recreation trail.
As many people know, this project has a long and contentious history.
Here’s a look back over some of the discussion, a random sampling of the hundreds of from our archive:
From 2013: Pete Nelson gives his support for the trail
From 2013, NCPR’s Brian Mann reports on communities lining up on both sides of the debate
From 2014: Rather than focus on one rail trail, Jack Drury makes the case for “exploring the idea of an Adirondack Park Community-Based Trail System.”
From 2015: The state plans to give Adirondack Scenic Railroad one more season to run its tourist train between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake.
From 2017, the DEC released the draft plan for the trail
From 2017, Former Explorer editor Phil Brown reports on the lawsuit brought against the state by the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, which it won later that year, as reported by Explorer reporter Mike Lynch. The next steps were laid out by Lee Keet in this post.
From 2018, Tony Goodwin breaks down the argument for using the rail corridor for transportation
After all that, fast forward to last year, when trail construction (and track rehabilitation between Big Moose and Tupper Lake) began.
Photo by Mike Lynch