May 24, 2011

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Economic impact consultant hired to work on Beacon Incline Railway restoration

What's left of the cable house at the top of the mountain

BEACON – The Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society hopes to break ground to rebuild the historic railroad in July 2013, the 100th birthday of the City of Beacon.

The Society and Scenic Hudson, which owns the land on Mount Beacon, have partnered with ConsultEcon of Cambridge, MA to develop an economic insight study of the Hudson Valley and how the railway would draw tourists and related activities and services.  The Society has also identified Railroad Construction Company of Paterson, NJ to rebuild the facility.

Society President Anne Lynch said they envision an attraction with a minimal impact on the land with the least carbon footprint.

“What we do envision at the top is having an all weather viewing station that will be accessible to, not just hikers, but also the incline railway will bring people up to the top of the mountain that normally would not be able to access that, such as the handicapped, the elderly, couples with small children,” she said. “That would give everyone an access to the mountain.”

Any plans that the Society develops must be approved by Scenic Hudson. No fundraising has begun yet for the $14 million to $18 million project.


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