Obviously, most everyone who posts here, and lurks here, has a passion for the ADK division. Myself included. I have fond memories of my grandfather taking the train in the late 50's and early 60's from Saranac Lake to GCT and back.
The ADK division is living history, an asset, and a potential economic fountain to the communities served by the line. It just requires investment, good management, and some fresh thinking. Severing the rails at Tupper is a set-up for failure. The line needs to remain intact.
The reopening of the UMP by the DOT is serious business. The possibility of loosing the rails between Tupper and Placid is quite real. ARTA is well organized and funded. They are totally convinced that their's is the good fight. They have brainwashed most of the local business community and populous.
Once the rails are removed, they will not be put back. Rail-banked, whatever the law reads, it will not happen. I read last year that the president of Metro North RR was quoted as saying "We would love to expand service north to Millerton on the Harlem Division, but the trail folks will fight this to the end." So much for rail-banking.
This is real, and NOW. This battle may end up being decided by judges. It is time to speak and act professionally here. No personal attacks. Get your facts straight when posting. Let's get organized and do whatever we can to help the ADSR to win this one. The Saratoga and North Creek won the fight to get to Tahawus, perhaps the ADSR can prevail.
Stepping down off of the soapbox now.
Old Muley - MP 76 Harlem Division