Adirondack Scenic Railroad train at Saranac Lake's Union Depot
Adirondack Scenic Railroad is a tourist railway located in Adirondack Park that during the Summer and early Fall runs from Utica to Thendara, and from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid. During the winter, the entire line (including the Saranac Lake to Old Forge section) is used as a snowmobile trail.
The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is now operating over 70 miles of track; historic stations have been restored along its route in Holland Patent, Remsen, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. The line is not used for any freight traffic.
The original line was built by William Seward Webb as the Mohawk and Malone Railway, which was subsequently bought by the New York Central. The railway was revived for use in the 1980 Winter Olympics, and then remained dormant until 1992, when restoration began under the name Adirondack Centennial Railroad with a four-mile section from Thendara to Minnehaha, New York. The section was approved and was demonstrated that year on Independence Day. In 1994, after gaining popularity, it was renamed the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, and has run under that name every year since.
There are plans to extend operations through to Tupper Lake, though the line has been controversial, with some calling for the removal of the tracks to improve use by snowmobiles, and to allow creation of a bicycle/hiking trail along the rail corridor.