'On Track to Saranac...Rails and Trails' campaign announced

Group raising money for train service between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake

— All donors will be listed in a book of donors prepared and available for public scrutiny at the Tupper Lake train station at the conclusion of the three-year campaign.

The information in the station will also contain an index of the location, by mile, of each rail item donated by supporters of the initiative.

Committee Member Charlene McCulloch will chronicle all the donors and their donations for publication in the Tupper Lake Free Press and in the new book of donors as the campaign advances.

"Our aim is to start locally, where we know there are many railroad supporters, and proceed out into the neighboring communities of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid," Next Stop! Tupper Lake Vice Chairman Dan Mecklenburg said this week.

The committee members hope to have meetings with organizations in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid which are interested in the revival of the corridor to accommodate both the train track and a multi-use recreational trail beside it in upcoming months.

The local train station volunteers signed on as the fundraising arm of a new initiative to restore train service to Tupper Lake, led by the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society, directed by Bill Branson, and the North Country Chamber of Commerce, headed by Garry Douglas.

Several years ago Mr. Douglas and supporters launched the Adirondack On Track Partnership" a coalition of communities and organizations which support the revival of the entire 106-mile line from Remsen to Lake Placid.

The new campaign, launched by Mr. Branson and Mr. Douglas at a meeting hosted by Next Stop! Tupper Lake at the train station last month, is expected to cost about $1.2 million for all the materials needed.

ARPS is in the process of applying to the U.S. Army to bring as many as 300 reservists from a special construction unit based in Wisconsin to begin replacing the ties and other structures along the corridor beginning next summer and continuing for two more summers.

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