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Minerva supports Tahawus Line

Shown here is a section of the Tahawus railroad line off the North Woods Club Road in the town of Minerva. The line, which stretches from North Creek to the Tahawus mine in the town of Newcomb, was once owned by NL Industries and is now owned by the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, which wants to operate freight on the tracks.

Shown here is a section of the Tahawus railroad line off the North Woods Club Road in the town of Minerva. The line, which stretches from North Creek to the Tahawus mine in the town of Newcomb, was once owned by NL Industries and is now owned by the Saratoga-North Creek Railway, which wants to operate freight on the tracks. Photo by Andy Flynn.

Town of Minerva officials this week advised the National Surface Transportation Board that they have made official the town’s support for the Saratoga-North Creek Railway’s request for an operation exemption for the Tahawus Line to the town of Newcomb.

In a letter dated April 9, Minerva Town Supervisor Sue Montgomery Corey informed the Surface Transportation Board that the Town Board passed a resolution backing the Tawahus Line. She enclosed a copy of the resolution, which was passed on Feb. 16.

“We believe that restoring rail service capacity is a good step towards supporting the economy of the southern Adirondacks,” Corey said. “It is consistent with the State of New York’s regional economic development plan for the North Country.”

In a press release issued the same day as the letter, Corey said Town Board members have been impressed by the effort that Saratoga-North Creek Railway has made to provide rail service to North Creek, and they look forward to the restoration of the Tahawus Line.

“The Tahawus Line is also an important part of the history of the Town of Minerva,” the letter continued. “Restoring the service would honor that part of our history. Built in 1942 and 1943, it is a critical part of the town of Minerva’s contribution to the national emergency of that time (World War II). Many of our citizens served in that effort by working at the mines at Tahawus or serving in the military that was supported by the ore shipped by rail from Tahawus.”

Much of the 29-mile Tahawus Line from North Creek to Newcomb passes through the town of Minerva.

Town officials see the reopening of the rail line as “a new chapter in Minerva’s future.”

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