North Creek Tracks To Tahawus Off The Rails For Now

New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation has asked federal authorities to put a 90-day hold on its request to declare the 30-mile rail line from North Creek to the former Tahawus mine in the central Adirondacks abandoned, while talks have continued for the possible takeover by a new freight operator, according to a report by Michael Virtanen in the Adirondack Explorer.

In an application to the Surface Transportation Board filed Sept. 10, New York officials said the line had no active shippers and the owner had “no reasonable prospect for developing future freight service.”

That permits a federal finding of abandonment under the test of “public convenience and necessity,” the DEC said.

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