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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


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

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.


October, 2017

Railway Moves Tanker Cars Into Adirondacks

The parent company of Saratoga and North Creek Railway has begun moving tanker cars into the Adirondacks for storage. Dylan Smith, a North River resident, took the video below on Tuesday. He described them as “just old tankers–some rusty, some not, all covered in graffiti.” Environmental groups and public officials have come out against the railway’s plan to store the cars on tracks between North Creek and Tahawus. Environmentalists are concerned that the cars will leak and pollute the adjacent Forest Preserve. The company has refused to say what had been stored in the cars. Look for a full story >>More