Save the Railroad

About

All of our efforts to preserve our history and grow our future haven’t been enough to convince the State of New York to complete the restoration of the rails and develop a network of trails that would make this Corridor the envy of the tourism industry. Instead, they are proposing to remove the tracks north of Tupper Lake and replace them with a trail. This would not only eliminate currently operational track, but would only allow us to bring passengers, including families, senior citizens, and people with physical challenges to Tupper Lake and tell them to walk the last 34 miles to visit the Olympic sites in Lake Placid.

We need your help to continue the fight to restore the rail service for the entire Corridor. There are many ways to help aide our organization – by volunteering, joining as a member, or donating to a specific project. Although the ARPS supports our operation via ticket sales, tax-deductible donations help to further equipment restoration projects, outreach, and now an inevitable legal challenge to New York State’s ill-conceived proposal to remove active rail line.

How You Can Help

  • Chevron down Corridor Protection Fund
  • We need to raise $150,000 to wage a credible legal defense, and your donation will help us reach our goal. It isn’t an exaggeration to say the future of the railroad depends on our success and widespread support.

  • Chevron down Equipment Fund
  • The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is currently operating at capacity for a large portion of our operational season. Current projects include the restoration of former NYC-8255, a recently acquired heritage locomotive, the rebuild of a former VIA passenger coach, and the restoration of a former Pullman / Long Island Railroad lounge and bar car.

  • Chevron down Become a Member
  • Junior Member Level: $25

    You must be under 18 years of age and have permission of a parent/guardian. With your membership you receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, a supporter window decal, and a 15% discount at any Adirondack Scenic Railroad gift shops (Utica and Thendara).

    Senior Level (age 62+): $30

    With your membership you receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, a supporter window decal, and a 15% discount at any Adirondack Scenic Railroad gift shops (Utica and Thendara).

    Individual Level: $50

    With your membership you receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, a supporter window decal, and a 15% discount at any Adirondack Scenic Railroad gift shops (Utica and Thendara).

    Individual + One Level: $75

    With your membership you receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, a supporter window decal, and a 15% discount at any Adirondack Scenic Railroad gift shops (Utica and Thendara).

    Family Level: $90

    With your membership you receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, a supporter window decal, and a 15% discount at any Adirondack Scenic Railroad gift shops (Utica and Thendara).

    Engineer Level: $125

    With your membership you receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, a supporter window decal, a 15% discount at any Adirondack Scenic Railroad gift shops (Utica and Thendara), and Two complimentary tickets*. (*Excludes Polar Express)

    Road Foreman Level: $500

    With your membership you receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, a supporter window decal, a 15% discount at any Adirondack Scenic Railroad gift shops (Utica and Thendara), and Six complimentary tickets*. (*Excludes Polar Express)

    Conductor Level: $850

    With your membership you receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, a supporter window decal, a 15% discount at any Adirondack Scenic Railroad gift shops (Utica and Thendara), Six complimentary tickets* and One locomotive ride* (18 yrs. or older) subject to availability. (*Excludes Polar Express)

    Trainmaster Level: $1,500

    With your membership you receive a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, a supporter window decal, a 15% discount at any Adirondack Scenic Railroad gift shops (Utica and Thendara), Ten complimentary tickets* and One locomotive ride* (18 yrs. or older) subject to availability. (*Excludes Polar Express)

  • Chevron down Public Support
  • Public support and pressure are critical to the advancement of the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society’s mission and the further development of an expanding tourist attraction and nonprofit organization. Consider writing to the following:

    • Governor Andrew Cuomo, NYS Capitol, Albany, NY 12224
    • Basil Seggos, Acting Commissioner, NYS DEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233
    • Matthew Driscoll, Commissioner, NYS DOT, 50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232
    • Robert Palmieri, Mayor, City of Utica, 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica, NY 13502
    • Utica Common Council, 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica, NY 13502
    • Oneida County Board of Legislators, 800 Park Ave #1, Utica, NY 13501
    • Clyde Rabideau, Mayor, Saranac Lake, 39 Main Street, Suite 9, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
    • Local News Publications, Elected Officials, Advocacy Groups