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October 19, 2013

Repairs underway, Halloween Trains may roll after all

LAKE PLACID — The Adirondack Scenic Railroad’s Halloween runs could be back on track.

Thursday night, workers repairing the cut wiring in the vandalized locomotive got it to start, Adirondack Railway Preservation Society President Bill Branson said on Friday. 

“I am not sure if that’s significant or not or if they just got it to idle,” he said.

He said the decision will be made by Tuesday whether the two Halloween Family Train trips set for next weekend will take place after all, depending, of course on whether the engine is operational once again.

Those sold-out trips had been canceled after some volunteers with the railroad discovered cables in the engine’s cab had been severed and stuffed back their cabinets.

Authorities say the crime happened sometime between Oct. 5 and 9 while the engine was parked at the Lake Placid station.

Lake Placid Police continue investigating the incident.

“We have a few leads we are following up on,” Sgt. Chuck Dobson said.

Federal authorities, however, are not conducting their own investigation, as had been expected.

“I was informed today that the U.S. District Attorney will not be pursuing a federal investigation with this case,” he told the Press-Republican.

CAROUSEL RIDES

Adirondack Scenic Railroad is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for damaging the train.

Early estimates put the cost of repair, minus any lost revenue from canceled trains, at upwards of $50,000.

Branson said earlier that there had been more than 300 reservations for the two Halloween runs, which invited riders to come and costume and be prepared for ghosts, witches and other scaring apparitions haunting the train during the round-trip ride. 

If those trips don’t go, the railroad still intends to hold the Halloween party, including free rides on the Adirondack Carousel, that had been planned during train stopover in Saranac Lake.

Anyone with information about the cut wires is encouraged to contact the Lake Placid Police Department at 523-3306.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com

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