October 25, 2013

Halloween Train will roll


LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s Family Halloween Train is a treat to look forward to after all.

After someone sabotaged the railroad’s locomotive earlier this month by ripping out its wiring, organizers had feared the annual event would have to be canceled.

But repairs were completed early, and the Halloween rides will be given this Saturday and Sunday, departing Lake Placid Depot at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. The cost is $10 each for adults and $5 apiece for children 2 through 12 years old.

The depot is at 242 Station St., and tickets can be booked online at

The spookily decorated Halloween train features ghosts, goblins, witches and more, with a layover at the Saranac Lake Depot with decorations, refreshments and rides on the Adirondack Carousel. Children in costume will receive one free pumpkin.

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of anyone involved in the Oct. 9 damage.

The engine was parked at the Lake Placid depot when it was broken into, and anyone with information should contact Lake Placid Police Department at 523-3306.

Railroad representatives said they had sold about 350 tickets for the Halloween run when the sabotage occurred. The railroad was prepared to issue refunds.

Last year’s Halloween train sold out with 750 ticket sales.

The Adirondack Scenic Railroad is operated by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society over portions of 141 miles of ex-New York Central right-of-way owned by the state of New York, most of it located within the Adirondack Park, extending from Lake Placid to Utica.

The railroad is currently involved in a conflict with activist groups that oppose train use of the rail corridor and want the rails and ties torn out and replaced with multi-use trails.

The railroad said damage to the wiring of the diesel engine could run as high as $50,000, plus lost ticket sales for two weeks of down time.

Even without the train, railroad operators had planned to sponsor a free Halloween party at the Saranac Lake Depot, but the full event will now take place as scheduled.

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