Tourist railway washout fixed at fraction of estimates

After the reconstruction this last week, the railway operator ran the engine back and forth to assure there was no sag or lean.

The reconstruction of the railway means the railroad can run intermittent train trips from North Creek down to Thousand Acres Ranch in Stony Creek as in the past, Upper Hudson Railroad operations manager Welz said this week.

In 2008, the firm's trains ran to Thousand Acres and back on Wednesdays. Welz also said the railway might also host a fall foliage run to Corinth in late September.

Ted Ackley of Warrensburg and Steve Ross of Hague, both county highway employees, accomplished much of the railway reconstruction work.

With other county employees helping occasionally, Ackley and Ross unplugged and replaced culverts, dug a new stream bed with an excavator and redirected the waterway, filled in a series of smaller washouts in addition to the main one, then rebuilt the rail bed which included trucking in countless truckloads of stone and spreading it.

Upper Hudson Railroad paid $7,500 towards the repairs as called for in their contract with the county, Welz said.

"Warren County has done very well with their resources," Welz said.

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