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Adirondack Explorer

April, 2018

Should state buy the Tahawus rail line?

The controversy over the use of a thirty-mile rail line in the central Adirondacks got a lot more interesting in recent weeks. The railroad that has been storing empty tank cars on the line–to the consternation of state and local officials–now wants out. Ed Ellis, president of Iowa Pacific Holdings, told Warren County supervisors in March that he wants to sell the line to the county for $5 million. If he doesn’t get the money, Ellis warned, his subsidiary, Saratoga and North Creek Railway, would cease operations. S&NCR intends to shut down Saturday (April 7). As the railway’s name suggests, >>More


February, 2018

DEC wins round in fight over tank cars

Tank cars

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has won a preliminary round in its fight to remove empty tank cars stored on a rail line in the central Adirondacks. In a decision Tuesday, the federal Surface Transportation Board granted DEC’s request to waive certain requirements in the department’s forthcoming application to declare the rail line abandoned. As a result, DEC can now move forward with its application. The rail line runs thirty miles from North Creek to a closed mine in Tahawus. Saratoga & North Creek Railway acquired the tracks in 2011, with the intention of transporting rock tailings from the >>More


January, 2018

Schumer joins fight against tank cars on Adirondack rail line

Tank cars

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has written a letter to a federal agency condemning the storage of empty tanker cars on a rail line in the central Adirondacks. “The Adirondack Park is a uniquely valuable and vulnerable natural resource, and is protected by the New York State Constitution as ‘forever wild,’ and is just about the worst place one can imagine for a junk yard of old railcars,” Schumer wrote the Surface Transportation Board, which regulates railroad disputes. In the fall, Iowa Pacific Holdings moved about seventy-five tank cars for storage to its rail line, which extends from North Creek to >>More


December, 2017

Cuomo challenges storage of tank cars in Adirondacks

Tank cars

Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to file a petition with the federal Surface Transportation Board to force a rail company to remove empty oil-tanker cars stored on tracks in the central Adirondacks. “The Adirondack Park is home to some of the world’s most pristine forest lands, which powers its tourism economy, and we will not stand by and allow it to be used as a commercial dumping ground,” Cuomo said in a news release. Iowa Pacific Holdings, which operates the rail line, has brought in about seventy-five tank cars since mid-October. They are stored on sidings near the Boreas River in >>More


November, 2017

Tank Cars Stored Near Opalescent And Boreas

In flight over rail line, Protect the Adirondacks spots tank cars being stored in three locations.


November, 2017

Coalition Urges Cuomo To Stop Tank-Car Storage

Four environmental groups and two Adirondack towns urge Governor Cuomo to take immediate action to stop the storage railroad tank cars in the Adirondack Park.


November, 2017

RR Chief Defends Tank-Car Storage In A Song

Iowa Pacific’s president composes a song to rebut Dan Berggren’s “Junkyard Express.”


October, 2017

A Legal Case Against Storing Tank Cars In Adirondacks

Neil Woodworth of the Adirondack Mountain Club says the state can take steps to remove empty tank cars on Adirondack tracks.


October, 2017

More Tank Cars Roll Into Adirondack Park

Iowa Pacific moves more tank cars into Adirondacks, over objections of Governor Cuomo and local officials.


October, 2017

Cuomo Opposes Tank Cars On Adirondack Line

Governor Cuomo opposes storage of tank cars on Adirondack rail line. Also, see new photos of the cars parked along Boreas River.