There is Good News and There is Bad News
The recent “good News” for the CMRR is being touted in the media. Event Trains and other curtailed, limited trains are going to happen for this year. That is good. Somewhat late in season for the best tourist opportunities, but still good news.
The “bad” news part: ‘Certain elements’ of the Ulster County Leadership are using this to look good and perform a sideways attack to continue the destruction of all rail on the U&D. The push by these elements will be to remove as much steel rails as soon as possible.
This Can NOT be viewed as the end of this Debate. We Can NOT think the Railroad has been “SAVED” and that we can stop our struggle. The future of All the Rails is still at stake.
The SAVE the RAILS movement must be clear that, while this is good news for the CMRR (or other vendors), it is NOT the goal we are fighting for. It will NOT save over 75 percent of the rails and will CONSTANTLY put the remaining rail at Jeopardy.
Rail travel to Highmount is still the goal. Living History is still the goal.
“Save the Rails” Is a group working to prevent removal the rails along all sections of the Ulster & Delaware Rail Corridor. Ulster County is poised to rip up the historic Ulster & Delaware Railroad Corridor in order to build a trail only. This scheme is ill-advised and ABSOLUTELY not necessary given the fact that the corridor is wide enough to allow shared use by pedestrians and cyclists while saving the rails for use by Tourist/ Historic trains and rail based transit system.
Some keystone items for this Railway Development include:
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