NORTH CREEK, N.Y. (AP) - A new freight train service in the Adirondacks is being launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring local and federal officials.
Saratoga and North Creek Railway is launching the service Wednesday afternoon in North Creek, 70 miles north of Albany. The short line railroad will primarily carry rocks from current and former mining operations for use in road building and other projects. The operators are still negotiating with potential customers.
Iowa Pacific, Saratoga and North Creek's parent company, had to get state and federal permission to refurbish old tracks for the freight service. The tracks were laid in World War II to provide access to a titanium mine in the town of Newcomb, about 90 miles north of Albany.
The train will only go 5 ½ miles to North River for now.
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