Malone Palladium, August 28, 1890Saranac Inn railway station (undated)
Courtesy of Tim Mayers
Saranac Inn Station was the site of the railroad station serving Saranac Inn, not quite two miles to the west. It was located at the end of Station Road, a fifty-yard long spur off of Fish Hatchery Road, which itself is a loop off of New York Route 30 that starts opposite the western end of Forest Home Road. Fish Hatchery Road follows the former roadway of Route 30; the Adirondack Fish Hatchery is still in operation. It was also the site of the Saranac Inn Nursery and the Experiment Station Nursery.

The station was built in 1892, replacing the Derrick station, built in 1890 nine miles to the west. It originally served the New York and Ottawa Railway. It closed in 1956 or '57.

Extra 4566 seen at Saranac Inn in September of 1939, is headed for Lake Placid.
Courtesy of Tim Mayers
Source: Kudish, Michael, Where Did the Tracks Go in the Central Adirondacks?, Purple Mountain Press: Fleishmanns, New York, 2007, p. 363.

Fort Covington Sun, July 9, 1891

The “Adirondack Mountains & Thousand Islands Fast Line" will leave New York every day at 7:30 p. m., Albany 11.35 p. m., Utica 2.00 A. M., arrive Clayton 5.30 A. M., Alexandria Bay 6:55 A. M. This train will also have Buffet sleeping car for Tupper Lake, arriving at 9.45 A. M., via Paul Smiths Station and Saranac Inn Station.


Alan Thomas used the open top pulpwood cars at lower right to his advantage
to capture this image at Saranac Inn during the winter of 1952-53.
Courtesy of Tim Mayers
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, March 24, 1956


The Public Service Commission today authored New York Central Railroad to discontinue all services other than the handling of carload freight at its Saranac Inn Station in Franklin County. Carload freight shipments will be handled on local team tracks but under jurisdiction of the railroad agent at Lake Clear Junction.

Since 1950, the station has been on a part-time caretaker basis during Winter months and has had an agent on duty only during the Summer vacation period.

At a public hearing, it was testified that Saranac Inn Hotel and the State Conservation Department Fish Hatchery are the principal users of the station's facilities and that each could be served conveniently at Lake Clear Junction.

Soldiers boarding a train at Saranac Inn station, undated
Courtesy of Tim Mayers

Railroad testimony was also to the effect that the station has been operated at a loss and that it proposed to remove the station building and the passing track there. Its petition was unopposed. The action follows a similar permission to the New York Central to discontinue service at the Gabriel's station.

James Gillmett, supervisor of the Town of Brighton and superintendent of grounds at the Saranac Inn hotel, told The Enterprise this morning that a hearing had been held in Plattsburgh some weeks ago, but that it was at the time of a big snow storm and it had been impossible for him to get to Plattsburgh to testify.

The discontinue, will make it necessary for the Inn to get most of its freight, all its mail and all its passengers at the Lake Clear station, which is three miles farther from the Inn, Gillmett said.

It will make the servicing of convention train passengers especially difficult, Gillmett explained, because it had been possible to shuttle them to and from the Inn station in several cars. With the longer run, he said, other means would have to be found.