05:25PM / Wednesday, January 16, 2013
NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Passenger rail may still be years away, but short line scenic rail could be making a return — and soon.
The city has been working with several partners, including the town of Adams, the state Department of Transportation and Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum to develop tourist rail in the North County.
A press conference announcing the partnership and its goals is set for Friday, Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. at City Hall.
Mayor Richard Alcombright and Adams Town Administrator Jonathan Butler declined to provide details, saying that they would provided at the press conference.
They did confirm that the rail would be “downtown to downtown” and be operated by the Berkshire Scenic Railway Museum.
The partners are expected to announce the development of a little-used line from Western Gateway Heritage State Park to the Adams Visitors Center.
The endeavor could draw tourist train traffic back to the state’s “Western Gateway,” and extend it to encompass the Mother Town to the south. The rail could work in conjunction with the extension of the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, linking the two communities’ downtowns by rail and trail.