Debate over future of Adirondack scenic railroad continues

Railroad buffs are in a fight with outdoor trail enthusiasts over how to use an old rail corridor that runs through the heart of Adirondack Park.

The rail-versus-trail debate has simmered for decades in New York's northern mountains. But there could finally be some action.

Under pressure from trail advocates, state officials have agreed to conduct public hearings on what to do with the state-owned corridor from Old Forge in the southwestern Adirondacks to Lake Placid in the northeastern region.

Trail enthusiasts want the train tracks ripped out and replaced with a 90-mile trail for bicyclists, hikers, skiers and snowmobilers.

Railroad enthusiasts want a trail alongside renovated tracks carrying train passengers on a scenic tour through the mountains.