To the editor:
I am encouraged by the progress of efforts to convert the Adirondack rail corridor into one of the great bikeways in the United States.
I support these efforts and will offer some commentary of my own:
A couple in my neighborhood rode the Lake Placid to Saranac Lake train which operates in the northern nine miles of the rail corridor. They were disappointed and said that they would not repeat it.
They were also surprised that this line somehow continued to operate and thought it probably should be discontinued. And this from first time Adirondack visitors!
A friend of mine worked maintenance on the Old Forge to Tupper Lake portion during the 1980 Olympics and he remarked that is was almost impossible to keep the line safe and in operating condition, even back then. He felt that the line should be abandoned, which eventually it was.
We have a great opportunity to add a new recreational dimension to the 90-mile wilderness rail trail through some of the wildest, most beautiful areas of the Park. It is my opinion that the railroad will never be sucessful or profitable no matter what the railroad boosters tell us. On the other hand, rail trails have been a success throughout the country wherever the rails have been removed - and this could be one of the best of them all.