Adirondack Scenic Railroad wins NYS Supreme Court ruling

A request for an injunction that would have prohibited the Adirondack Scenic Railroad from operating over a section of track near Lake Colby was denied in a ruling made Wednesday.

The injunction had been requested in a lawsuit brought by the Lake Colby Association.

Lake Colby is just north of Saranac Lake.

Attorneys for the Railroad and the Lake Colby Association appeared on June 24 in New York Supreme Court in Malone before Judge Robert G. Main, Jr.  

The Railroad was represented by Jonathan Fellows of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC.

After hearing from the attorneys, Judge Main denied the application, noting that there did not appear to be a legal basis for the lawsuit filed by the Lake Colby Association.

Bill Branson, the president of the Adirondack Railroad Preservation Society said he was pleased by the ruling.

“The Adirondack Scenic Railroad has an outstanding safety record, and is committed to safe operations,” he said.

Branson also rejected allegations made in the Lake Colby Association’s complaint.

“I believe [they] are not accurate. The tracks in question are owned by the State of New York, and are maintained by the Adirondack Railroad Preserva-tion Society pursuant to agreements with the State,” he said.

Branson added that the lawsuit was unnecessary.

“We had no intention of operating over the section of track until [maintenance and repair] work is complete,” he said.

That work will start next week and be completed in the near future, according to Branson.

“We look forward to…having an outstanding summer in 2015,” he said.

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