NY snowmobilers want train scrapped for trails

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Some snowmobilers in upstate New York want the state Department of Transportation to close a scenic railroad and use its path to create a snowmobile trail.

Lake Placid resident Jim McCulley testified at a budget hearing in Albany, asking the DOT to pull the plug on Adirondack Scenic Railroad, tear out its tracks and create a recreational corridor.

McCulley says he represents the Lake Placid Snowmobile Club and "Adirondack Rail Trail." He says the state spent $40 million on the railroad, which serves about 40,000 visitors a year.

Many local government officials agree, McCulley says, that a snowmobile trail would create more jobs and generate more tourism dollars, according to the Adirondack Daily Enterprise.

Posted by Holly Wagner