Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Riding The Sanford Lake Branch

NARCOA's run to Tahawus

North American Railcar Operators Association

It's my second trip in a rail-speeder and this time we head north on the Sanford Lake Branch of The Saratoga & North Creek Railroad.

The one and only Bill 'Madog' Kozel

Madog's sweet former CN-Speeder

The leaves are starting to change in Adirondack Park

Beautiful late Summer skies and red, orange and green...

Entering the yard at Tahawus.  Hopefully hoppers will sit here ready to transport tailings to market

A former D&H snowplow sits exposed on the wye track at Tahawus.  A shop building used to protect it, but for some reason it was dismantled.

Here is the Wye track that the plow sits on

End of track heading north.  Walk further on private property and see the Adirondack High-Peaks

The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad let it be known that where the tracks end, their property ends.  The former operation site is still owned by National Lead and trespassing is forbidden.

The great members of NARCOA take a break to eat lunch and enjoy the spectacular scenery

A hotel should be built here only accessed by The SNCRR.  It would be a 4-star resort with the best view in the Adirondacks

Pure wilderness is what I saw out the cab of Madog's Speeder!

Some passenger cars sit deep in the North Country, not bothering anyone at all. You may remember a few years ago that protesters of the idea of storing tankers on the branch caused a stir when they said these cars were polluting the forest!

You'll cross the headwaters of the Hudson River twice when you ride the Branch

The best way for all to enjoy these views is a scenic train ride to Tahawus!

Hudson River Rapids

Hopper cars stored near the Barton Mine property.  Hopefully the Railroad will start shipping garnett for this company!

Stored just above North Creek are some classic-EMDs.  Hopefully these museum-pieces will roll through the Adirondack again!

The #56, ex-BAR BL-unit waits in the wings for future runs.

Special thanks to Madog Bill for inviting me along.  It's a dream come true to ride the rails in a vintage speeder!  Thank you to The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad for welcoming NARCOA to ride their rails.  Justin Gonyo escorts us up and down the line which is a privilege having the Super with us!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hoosac Valley Train Ride (Rebuilding Rails)

The Berkshire Scenic Railroad Museum has some great news for its Hoosac Valley Train Ride....

Where rails were torn up in the 1970's, they return in 2017!  A great lesson for all those railroads being torn up to create bike-trails.  This one-mile stretch of road will be added to 4 miles of Pan-Am Southern Trackage AND coexist with a bike trail near Adams, Mass.

The green dashed line represents the track to be replaced

Photos courtesy of the Hoosac Valley Train Ride...

New ties waiting to be installed...

Graded right-of-way paralleling the Bike-Trail...

So great that the rubber-grade crossing is still in place! (PHOTO: BSRM)

A nice line of new ties is a thing of beauty! (PHOTO: BSRM)

Here's the story from iBerkshires.com:

Please visit The Berkshire Scenic and their Hoosac Valley Train-Ride HERE!

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Visit In Person

Monday, August 14, 2017

The U&D Unlimited! Save Our Rails!!!!

A Fundraiser To Save Our Rails

Saturday August 19th, 2017.  The Shandaken Firehouse, Shandaken, New York

Monday, August 7, 2017

What's New With The Saratoga & North Creek Railroad

New Power On The Saratoga And North Creek Railroad

Our friend, Greg Klingler is sharing some photos of the new IP power on the Saratoga And North Creek Railroad...

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

IP 4135, EMD GP40FH-2 heads North across the Sacandaga River at Hadley/Luzerne

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

Heading to Thurman

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

Rounding the Stoney Creek curve

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

IP 4135 coming into North Creek

PHOTO: Greg Klingler

There's always room for our favorite BL2 crossing the Sacandaga Trestle...

Thanks for sharing Greg!