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Tupper Lake begins effort to restore RR tracks

Railway financials defended

Pete Snyder secures the first wooden tie Nov. 5 at the Tupper Lake train station during an event to launch the “On Track to Saranac” campaign.

Pete Snyder secures the first wooden tie Nov. 5 at the Tupper Lake train station during an event to launch the “On Track to Saranac” campaign. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— “We see this rail line as being one of the key components of an innovative and powerful future for all the communities along the track, including, and perhaps especially, Tupper Lake,” Fish said.

She also called ARTA’s proposal to tear up the tracks “very, very, very short-sighted.”

New York Assemblywoman Janet Duprey gave a brief speech before cutting the red ribbon with a large pair of gold-painted scissors. She had secured a member line item in the state budget to help pay for some of the landscaping at the train station.

“I’m very proud to play a very small role in the development of this rail station,” Duprey said.

Pete Snyder, who runs the ARPS operation between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, reiterated his support for extending the Adirondack Scenic Railroad excursion from Saranac Lake to Tupper Lake.

“I’ve been saying it for years, we gotta do what we gotta do, and today is a wonderful example of doing,” Snyder said. “The station here, what’s been accomplished is something that most communities frankly would envy. They let other people do it, but you folks in Tupper Lake have done it all yourselves. You’ve made it happen. And I think everybody in my organization, and certainly around here, knows that when people from Tupper Lake get behind something, it gets done.”

Next Stop! Tupper Lake favors restoring the tracks to Saranac Lake as well as building a recreation path next to trails. The “On Track to Saranac” logo prominently features the words, “RAILS and TRAILS.” To learn more about the campaign, visit www.nextstoptupperlake.org.

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