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Warren County officials are reviewing proposals by three rail operators to restore passenger and freight service along a rail line between Saratoga Springs and North Creek.
The line was operated by Chicago-based Iowa Pacific Holdings for seven years until it halted service last year. Iowa Pacific retains ownership of the track from North Creek to Tahawus, where a former National Lead mine once operated. The Town of Corinth owns a section of track from Saratoga Springs to Corinth, with Warren County owning the rest.
Warren County officials received four replies to a recent request for proposals to resume passenger service and offer freight service.
The bidders are Las Vegas-based United Rail, which is working with Jack Kelley, a former official with Saratoga Economic Development Corp., and Steve Fisk, a rail consultant and former business development manager at CP Rail.
Also submitting proposals were Denver-based Omnitrax, which is largely a freight operator and would likely leave passenger service to an outside operator, and Railnet International.
Omnitrax would seek the line so that it could remove and market the iron tailings from the Tahawus mine.
"Basically, we're looking at the majority of the financial benefit to be from taking tailings from the north end" of the line, said Ron Margulis, an Omintrax spokesman. "Passenger and other freight would be secondary."
Officials at Railnet International couldn't be reached for comment.
The United Rail proposal would include a "cruise ship" approach that would market excursions to Adirondack destinations from rail stations along the route, said Kelley. Those might include whitewater rafting in Hadley or a dude ranch adventure in Stony Creek, he said.
Kelley's partnership also is seeking to find new tenants for the former International Paper Co. site in Corinth that potentially would produce freight business as well as jobs.
This article first appeared on www.newyorkupstate.com
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