By Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

KINGSTON, N.Y. (AP) - A tourist train that was at the forefront of the Ulster County executive race this fall has lost a court round in the battle over its county lease agreement.

A state Supreme Court judge upheld the county’s notice of default of the lease with Catskill Mountain Railroad related to the railroad’s failure to rehabilitate and maintain tracks and keep proper financial records. The judge also rejected the railroad’s attempt to make the county pay for repairs or help secure federal funds.

County Executive Mike Hein, re-elected to a third term in November, proposed in 2013 to convert the entire 38-mile rail corridor into a recreational trail. The county legislature last week adopted a compromise plan setting aside more track for train operations while guaranteeing a connected recreational trail.

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