A desolate set of train tracks between Sangerfield and Sherburne south of Utica recently saw its first train in six years.

The journey of twenty miles was documented by the railroad enthusiast YouTube channel, Railroading Rambler.

According to the video description,

The 20 mile stretch of tracks between Sangerfield-Sherburne, NY on the NYS&W's Utica branch was embargoed in Nov 2009. The Susquehanna ran its first train to Sherburne since the embargo, albeit a light engine move by GP40 3040, on Nov 6, 2015. We follow the train (and the hi-rail which preceded it) through North Brookfield, Hubbardsville, Earlville and, finally, feature its arrival in Sherburne.

It's interesting to see the old railroad crossings and unused stations like in Earlville. The use of train tracks in Upstate New York has been a hot topic with the threat of tearing up tracks in the Adirondacks between Tupper Lake and Lake Placid to make way for a recreational trail.

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