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Old 09-28-2016, 07:36 PM   #1
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train at Lila

I was at Lila the other day and heard a train whistle twice. What train is running through there again?
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Old 09-28-2016, 08:09 PM   #2
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It's a ghost train from the old Nehasane train station. If it stops for you don't get on it.

The old Adirondack Line runs on the weekends from Utica to the old train stop
(it's now a restaurant and snowmobile hangout),on the road to Big Moose Lake. Can't remember the road name. Whistle can be heard for miles.
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Old 09-28-2016, 09:43 PM   #3
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That whistle (horn) was likely an equipment move to deliver an extra car for the Saranac/Lake Placid run. Rumor is that they have some large leaf-peeping tour buses preparing to ride the train. Otherwise it is indeed a "ghost train" with very few riders.

The track along Lake Lila is classified as "excepted track" which means it is in such poor condition that 10 mph is the top speed and they cannot carry passengers - just move equipment.
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Old 09-28-2016, 10:31 PM   #4
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I was thinking it was adk scenic moving equipment. does anyone have any pics of the train station when it was used? I've seen pics in different stages of decay. Which btw has collapsed half way.
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Old 09-29-2016, 08:06 AM   #5
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We had some discussion about Lila, the lodge, and the train station station.
I thought RichieC had posted some old photos, or did he just post a link? Or maybe it was Wldrns...someone had some pretty cool old photos of the station in action.

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Old 09-30-2016, 10:08 PM   #6
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I was hiking in the St Regis Canoe Area last week with my pup and heard the train whistle there as well. Not sure which day it was Mon or Tues probably, try not to keep track of the time, much less the days when I have a week off.

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Old 09-30-2016, 11:04 PM   #7
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The scenic railroad train, that takes tourists from Saranac Lake to Lake Placid, spends its winters in Utica for maintenance. it was probably making its annual trip south when you heard it.
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Old 10-03-2016, 08:48 PM   #8
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hi all-
i was staying at a cabin in lake clear last week, a train went by, heading towards saranac lake on tuesday afternoon. it blew it's whistle a few times as it went through. i thought that maybe it had come from tupper lake? i have never seen a train go by on those tracks before. but who knows, maybe a train DID go by lake lila!
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Old 10-03-2016, 09:18 PM   #9
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A few of my classmates at Paul Smith's rented a house in Lake Clear one year that was right next to the railroad tracks. According to them, maintenance trains would pass by a couple of times a year.

According to the Scenic Railroad website, the Lake Placid/Saranac Lake train keeps running for a few more weeks, so the train heard at Lake Lila wouldn't have been that train being taken down to Utica for storage.
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