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Adirondack Railroad Construction Update on Rail Rehab to Tupper Lake

a train that is sitting in the grass

Today the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society (ARPS) released its construction update on their rail rehabilitation project. The project requires over 84,000 tie replacements on track that has been out of service since 1981. Upon completion, it will expand train and railbike service north to Tupper Lake in 2022.

So far, the railroad’s contractor, Tartaglia Railroad Services, has replaced over 16,000 ties at the rate of roughly 1500 ties per day.

However, the expansion creates a need for at least one more locomotive plus a high-rail truck to support operations.

The president of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society (ARPS), Bill Branson said: “The funding for the state project is strictly for construction. Our last purchase of two locomotives was 10 years ago. With our “Go Fund Me” page, the public can contribute a tax-deductible donation, while also knowing that you helped to bring railroading back to America’s premier park, the Adirondack park. And in doing so, you will have helped to create the longest tourist railroad service in the United States.”

In addition to the “Go Fund Me” page, the railroad embarked on a corporate donation program, with benefits ranging from logo placement on the web page to exclusive tours of our locomotives, dome car, dining car and more. Corporate interests can find a link on our main page at to see donation levels and the full benefits package.

For more information or to contribute to the “Go Fund Me” page, go to the Adirondack Railroad page on the usual social media platforms or

 Since 1992, The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society (ARPS) that operates the Adirondack Railroad has built a successful tourist attraction, operating on track owned by the State of New York, a former New York Central line located in upstate New York and the Adirondack region.

The Adirondack Railway Preservation Society is a volunteer-based organization. Together with our staff, volunteers have donated approximately 300,000 hours to protect our historic railway and enrich the Adirondack experience for tourists and residents of our region.

The Adirondack Railroad is operated by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society and is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization with main offices in Utica, New York.