The southern terminal of the rail line is Utica which also hosts Amtrak services connecting New York, Boston, Chicago, Niagara Falls, and Toronto on a daily year round basis. Both Amtrak and the Adirondack Scenic Railroad share the same historic terminal that allows “cross-platform” transfer of passengers. As one of the developers of the Adirondack Club and Resort, we are encouraged by the possibility of direct rail service from NYC right into the Adirondack and specifically into the Tri Lakes. The argument that the Adirondack Scenic Railroad has failed somehow also misses the point that this line is cut off in the middle and has not been given the opportunity to succeed.
It was recently announced that Pullman Sleeping Car service could become a reality along a refurbished rail line. Conversations with executives from the Iowa – Pacific Rail Line confirm this.
The train is part of our Adirondack heritage as is our trail system. Why can’t we work together to make both a vital part of our future?
Tom and Susan Lawson, Tupper Lake