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Tupper RR supporters visit Saranac Lake Village Board

Next Stop! Tupper Lake Chairman Dan McClelland, left, and Vice Chairman Dan Mecklenburg spoke to Saranac Lake Village Board members at their Sept. 10 meeting.

Next Stop! Tupper Lake Chairman Dan McClelland, left, and Vice Chairman Dan Mecklenburg spoke to Saranac Lake Village Board members at their Sept. 10 meeting. Photo by Andy Flynn.

— The Adirondack Scenic Railroad currently operates tourist train excursions between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid and would like to extend service to Tupper Lake. That would mean an expensive overhaul of the tracks, such as replacing ties.

“Our opponents say it’s expensive,” McClelland said. “But what isn’t expensive?”

In November 2011, Next Stop! Tupper Lake launched its “On Track to Saranac” campaign to raise money for refurbishing the tracks and restoring rail service from Tupper Lake to Saranac Lake. The group created a set of naming opportunities, ranging from $25 to$100,000.

•Bridge Naming Opportunities ($25,000-$100,000)

•Switch Naming Opportunities ($1,500)

•Road Crossing Naming Opportunities ($2,000-$5,000)

•Culvert Naming Opportunities ($500)

•Rail/Tie/Spike Naming Opportunities ($25-$500)

Learn more about Next Stop! Tupper Lake at nextstoptupperlake.org.

In August, the Mayor Rabideau and village trustees decided they would invite stakeholders in the controversial Great Adirondack Recreation Trail to a meeting to begin the process of reaching a consensus on the issue. That meeting has not yet been set.

In July, ARTA officials asked the Village Board to pass a resolution supporting the group’s recreation trail proposal. Board members, however, said they were not yet prepared to support any rec trail position until more questions are answered.

Next Stop! Tupper Lake was formed in 2002 to restore and reopen rail service initially between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid, and eventually from Remsen to Lake Placid.

ARTA was formed in 2011 to create a world-class recreation trail along the 90-mile railroad corridor between Old Forge and Lake Placid, preferring to tear up the tracks between Old Forge and Saranac Lake.

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