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Updated:   08 May 2013, 15:50  ET
    {missing images restored 22 Dec 2002}
[Page created 13 Nov 2007; converted 19 Jul 2011

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S. Berliner, III
Consultant in Ultrasonic Processing
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[consultation is on a fee basis]

Technical and Historical Writer, Oral Historian
Popularizer of Science and Technology
Rail, Auto, Air, Ordnance, and Model Enthusiast
Light-weight Linguist, Lay Minister, and Putative Philosopher

note - The vast bulk of my massive Web presence (over 485 pages) had been hosted by AT&T's WorldNet service since 30 May 1996; they dropped WorldNet effective 31 Mar 2010 and I have been scrambling to transfer everything.  Everything's saved but all the links have to be changed, mostly by hand.  See my sbiii.com Transfer Page for any updates on this tedious process.

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Adirondacks Page 3

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This page is basically unindexed (please scroll away), except for the 1929 Stevens House brochure and the Adirondack (Scenic) Railroad, but other Adirondack links are noted on the main page.   rev (08 May 2013)

See also the preceding page.

There is a section on Adirondack Guide Boats on page 2.

See also the separate page for the Marion River Carry Railroad.

If you love the great outdoors and the Earth, itself, you must read (if you haven't long since)
Chief Seattle's Letter, one of the greatest environmental pleas ever written
(even if it is phoney).

If you love the North Country or the Adirondack Mountains, especially the area around the Fulton Chain of Lakes and the Eckford Lakes, Raquette Lake and Blue Mountain Lake, you'll love the Adirondack Museum smack dab in the heart of the Adirondacks at Blue Mountain Lake, New York.  It tells the story of the Adirondacks far better than any book could.  I heartily recommend a visit!  If you can't get there, at least look at one of my major sources, Harold K. Hochschild's Township 34 (1952), reprinted in several monographs by the Adirondack Museum ca. 1962, and available as a the boxed set or individually.  The set of seven monographs are noted on the preceding page.

Here, then, is a further continuation of the original Adirondacks Page.

But first, here's a blast from the past (my past, that is), Woodland Scenics's #AS5553 Tim Burr Logging model in HO scale, available from Factory Direct Trains:

Image courtesy of FDT - all rights reserved
[click on thumbnailed picture for larger image]

It's a wee bit too pricey for me just as a pure novelty but it sure brings back memories of driving all over the Adirondacks as a teen and always wondering when one of those (apparently-grossly-overloaded) log trucks would either tip over right in front of me or pop its chains and dump a precariously-balanced and bulging, overhanging load on top of me as I passed on narrow, winding mountain roads!

Stevens House

I was given (Nov 2007) a mint, heavily-illustrated, 1929 Stevens House brochure.  Stevens House was a luxury lodge sitting 200' above Lake Placid.  The brochure measures 8" x 5", with 22 saddle-stitched 2-color pages plus a gold-embossed blue Fabrikoid cover.

Whoo!  It is awful!  Vile.  Some samples:

"Here, one will always find well-bred friendly companions - - - ".

"Socially selective".

"It is a select and restricted resort - ".

"For over thirty years, the clientele has been entirely Christian."

Then, about the Lake Placid Golf Club:

" - - - with no other restrictions than apply to members of the Club itself.  The absence of everything ornate or tawdry creates an atmosphere that holds no appeal to the loud, the coarse or the selfishly aggressive."

Yuck!  Jesus himself (who would have been denied admittance) would have been appalled at their idea of Christianity!

Still, it does show the area at its best (even if the denizens weren't), so I'm posting the whole thing:

Outside Front Cover
(from the collection of S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved;
click on thumbnailed images for larger images)

Pp. 1-2

Pp. 3-4

Pp. 5-6

Pp. 7-8

Pp. 9-10

Pp. 11-12 (centerfold)
(from the collection of S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved;
click on thumbnailed images for larger images)

Pp. 13-14

Pp. 15-16

Pp. 17-18

Pp. 19-20
{image restored 12 Dec 08}

Pp. 21-22

Endpiece (page 23)
(from the collection of S. Berliner, III - all rights reserved;
click on thumbnailed images for larger images)

{The inner and back covers are blank}

Stevens House management (Raymond J. Stevens and family) may have been morally deplorable but the place was otherwise a dream, with trails, mountains, sports, good food (and drink?), all sorts of amenities, horses, boats, rail connections, and even hydroplane service.

Adirondack Railroad

More properly (as of 2013), the Adirondack Scenic Railroad - there still (or again) is an Adirondack Railroad, running from Utica northward, through Holland Patent, Remsen, Forestport, Otter Lake, Thendara, Carter Station, to Big Moose, and (some day) on to Tupper Lake and Lake Placid.   new (08 May 2013)

Map courtesy of the ASR - all rights reserved
click on thumbnailed map for larger image)

They run a 1950 ALCo RS-3 #8223, a pair of MLW RS-18u's 1958 #1835 and 1957 #1845:

AdirRRALCo8223 AdirRRMLW1835 AdirRRMLW1845
Adirondack Scenic RR #8223, #1835, and #1845
ASR ALCo/MLW Locos courtesy of the ASR - all rights reserved

and a 1947 EMD F10 (F3A) #1502, a 1953 EMD F7A #1508, and a 1941 EMD SW-1 #705, among other things.  Cribbing liberally from their website history:

AdirRREMD1502 AdirRREMD1508 AdirRREMD705
Adirondack Scenic RR #1502, #1508, and #705
ASR EMD Locos courtesy of the ASR - all rights reserved

Cribbing rather liberally (with permission) from the ASR site:

Many wealthy families began to construct estates in the Adirondacks, today known as the "Great Camps".  Roads, difficult to construct through the heavily wooded and mountainous terrain were not practical for transportation of large quantities of goods or wealthier families, accustomed to a higher class of transportation.  Dr. William Seward Webb, a medical doctor and president of the Wagner Palace Car Company (and husband of Lila Vanderbilt, of the wealthy Vanderbilt family), figured the best way to access Nehasane Park, his large hunting preserve to the north, was by train.  In 1890, he financed a railroad into the Adirondack wilderness, work on the line started the next year and was completed in just 18 months.  The rail line was a significant engineering feat for its day.  Starting in Remsen, the line traveled up 1,135 feet to its highest point at Big Moose Lake, at 2,035 feet.  The line itself includes 17 bridges over several bodies of water as well as a large number of buildings, constructed along the line to support rail operations, many of which are still standing or in use today.

The railroad later became part of the New York Central System and carried the Webb, Morgan, Vanderbilt, Whitney, and Roosevelt families along with other not-so-famous families to their Great Camps in the Adirondacks.  It also provided freight service to communities along the way.  In 1961, part of the line was abandoned from Lake Clear Junction to Malone.  Scheduled passenger service was continued on the Adirondack Division from Utica to Lake Placid but ended in April 1965.  Penn Central continued freight service, with decreasing frequency, until 1972, when the PC's application to abandon was approved.  In 1975, the state of New York purchased the abandoned line, which had a brief reprieve when it was returned to service in 1977 when the Adirondack Railway Corporation contracted with the state to run passenger service from Utica to Lake Placid for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid.  Then, in February of 1981, problems with the Adirondack Railway Corporation's management of the line forced the State to terminate the company's lease.  Ownership then passed to New York State and the railroad was abandoned.

In 1992, a group of devoted rail enthusiasts proposed to operate the 4-mile section of the line from Thendara south to Minnehaha; New York State approved the train ride and on 04 Jul 1992 the Adirondack Centennial Railroad ran its first train out of Thendara station.  By the end of the season the railroad carried over 55,000 passengers. New York State allowed the railroad to operate in 1993, distinguishing the entire rail line from Remsen to Lake Placid as part of the National Register of Historic Places along with the New York State Register of Historic Places.  In Jul 1994, the Adirondack Centennial Railroad became the Adirondack Scenic Railroad, operated by the Adirondack Railway Preservation Society, Inc., a 501(c) (3), not-for-profit corporation, by a staff of 150 volunteers and a few full and part-time employees.

As of 2000, the railroad had restored the line all the way south to Snow Junction, where it connects with a freight railroad, the Mohawk, Adirondack & Northern, and continues on to Union Station in Utica, NY, 6 miles north from Thendara Station to Carter Station, and between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.  Work to complete another section of track, from Carter Station north to Big Moose Lake was underway as of 2012 . The remaining track between Big Moose Lake and Saranac Lake needs a great deal of work in order to make it safe for passenger trains.  Volunteers and staff work throughout the year to help promote and maintain the current railroad while working towards the reachable goal of restoring that remaining track.

The word is that the ASR is one of the top draws in the Adirondacks - don't miss it!

For some more Adirondacks links, see the links on the preceding page.

* - I created (29 Jul 99) a page to commemorate the late (1946-53) lamented Champlain College of Plattsburgh, New York.

This is a continuation page for the original Adirondacks Page.

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