Rails to trails group at full steam a...

Rails to trails group at full steam ahead

There are 6 comments on the North County Public Radio story from Jan 3, 2012, titled Rails to trails group at full steam ahead. In it, North County Public Radio reports that:

A local advocacy group that wants to replace the train tracks between Lake Placid and Tupper Lake with a multi-use recreational trail is ready to hit 2012 with a full head of steam.

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DEBBIE

United States

#1 Jan 18, 2012
All NYS Railroads that are not being used anymore should be turned into state trails for hiking, showshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling and 4-wheeling...What a great way to bring business into rural areas. Come on NY get on the Wagon and do something for us low-middle class state citizens.
blueknight6

Brooklyn, NY

#2 Jan 19, 2012
absolutely....trails for hike,bike,ski,snowshoe,snowmob iling,4-wheeling will generate a great deal of $ and people to some beautiful country....
sled head

Marietta, NY

#3 Jan 21, 2012
The economic development will be HUGE. There has to be people making a living in the area in order to provide services to those who what to visit the ADK's
trains are better

Syracuse, NY

#4 Feb 12, 2012
What a bunch of BS. Tell me how this would bring gobs of money to this area. There isn't enough here to warrant that. Beside, you sledder have several thousands of miles to ride. Do you really need MORE trails?? Who are the greedy ones here?
There's nothing stopping these people from coming now. There's plenty of trails leading into the area now but I don't see the throngs of snow-mobilers that you claim will come if the rails are gone. What the hell makes you think they would if another 10 miles was given to you. Who's going to keep up the trails? Lord knows it ain't gonna be the sled heads. They never did before the tracks were fixed and I should know - I was out there with the gangs cutting the trees out of the way back in 98 and 99. You guys are full of yourselves. Quit being so God-damned selfish. We're sick of hearing how you want this trail and you want that trail and the state owes you this and the state owes you that. Well tough shit. Just because someone ELSE wants to use something the state owns doesn't mean YOU have the right to take it. You can ride the rails when there's enough snow over them. Rails or not, if there's not enough snow, then you can't ride. If there's enough snow, you won't even SEE the rails. Your argument has no merit. Hikers won't use this trail anymore than they use the old D&H rail bed up to Onchiota. And before you start yelling about how much money the state puts into the railroad I suggest you go read the web site that states just how much the state give snow trail operators for maintenance. It far surpasses what the railroad gets by thousands of dollars. At least when the railroad is running it's self supporting. This is also a fact. You can read their tax returns on line. Are you going to charge people for trail use? Then how do you expect to keep up the trails? Magic? As it is, the railroad does ALL the work now and mostly with volunteers. Who's going to do it if they're gone? You guys? HAH! Fat chance. You sledder want all this stuff given to you but admonish the railroad for doing the same thing. At least the railroad is there for EVERYONE and not just a select few who can still afford to buy a sled and put gas in it. And hikers? Where in the hell do you think they're going to go? It isn't like a trail up a mountain. Cheesh. You guys kill me.
Oh and by the way, I know for a FACT that if the rails go, all the bridges will go too. Dawn Clemm, the corridor manager has already told people this. The state will NOT want the liability of some drunk falling off a bridge somewhere out in the boonies. And the APA FORBIDS sleds from crossing open water. If the tracks go, the APA will take that land so fast it'll make you head spin and NO ONE will get to use it.
You're way better off shutting your mouths and letting it be. At least right now you got others doing the work that you should all be out there helping to do.
say what

Syracuse, NY

#5 Feb 14, 2012
DEBBIE wrote:
All NYS Railroads that are not being used anymore should be turned into state trails for hiking, showshoeing, skiing, snowmobiling and 4-wheeling...What a great way to bring business into rural areas. Come on NY get on the Wagon and do something for us low-middle class state citizens.
If you're a low-middle class citizen how can you afford to own or put fuel in one of these things? I think you mean to say, Come on NY, give sled heads the entire train system so nobody else can use it or enjoy it, especially those who are infirm or can't afford a snow sled or are crippled and can't walk. Come on - tear that train out so no one else can enjoy the scenic beauty of the Adirondacks but us sled heads and hikers, you know, the people who are ruining the mountain trails with all their damn hiking and turning the trails into mush and leaving trash all over and beer cans and soda cans and wrappers all over the place in the spring for the railroad volunteers to pick up? You know, leave it for us, the people who never lift a finger to help maintain the thing and then complain when it's not being done to their expectations and are too lazy to do it themselves? Or maybe you mean people like Scott Thompson who makes a boatload of money from the state to groom trails for the DEC?? I think one year not long ago it was reported as $32,000 paid to him (check the DEC web site for verification. It's there if you know where to look). I think this gives him enough reason to want the rails lifted. It means more money FOR HIM!
You're a greedy bunch of lazy self-centered egotist with nothing more on your mind than taking more public land yourself for you own self serving agenda. Get those damn stinking snow sleds out of the mountains for good!!!
Wow

Syracuse, NY

#6 Feb 16, 2012
Here you go. 10,300 miles in NY state for trails. An you want more??

http://nysparks.com/recreation/snowmobiles/

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