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Tour the Scenic Esopus Creek on the Historic Catskill Mountain Railroad!

  |   February 28, 2011  |  Comment

Ride the historic U & D route through the Catskill Mountains!

Looking for something fun to do as a family?  Check out the Catskill Mountain Railroad and the fun events they have planned!

The tracks you will be riding on are rich in history. Trains of the old Ulster & Delaware Railroad carried vital freight and tourist traffic to and from the Catskills. Bluestone for the sidewalks of New York was quarried here and dairy products from Ulster and Delaware County farms were rushed to the city by rail. City dwellers sought a breath of fresh air and a respite from steamy summers at the famous Catskill boarding houses and grand hotels. In 1913, more than 676,000 passengers rode the U&D to the Catskills. The New York Central acquired the U&D in 1932, and it became the Catskill Mountain Branch. The last regular passenger train ran in 1954.

After 1968, Penn Central offered service on these rails, but after decades of declining revenues, the last train rode on the old U&D tracks in 1976. Ulster County purchased the railroad in 1979 to preserve the corridor for future rail use. In 1983, the Catskill Mountain Railroad was chartered to operate a new tourist passenger operation as well as freight service.   The scenic train  is just one part of a long-term plan  to re-open the length of the railroad from Kingston to Phonecia and beyond. Our all-volunteer staff takes great pride in the railroad, and would like to welcome you aboard!

The Catskill Mountain Railroad Scenic Train Excursion

The Catskill Mountain Railroad Scenic Train is a 12 mile round trip between Phoenicia and Cold Brook station (Boiceville) — a wonderful hour and thirty minute railroad excursion. After arriving at the Mount Tremper depot, purchase your ticket from the ticket agent. After departing Mount Tremper, your ride will be along the Esopus Creek, famed for its scenic beauty and great fishing. You may even spot bald eagles, great blue herons, hawks, deer and other wildlife along its banks. Framing the beautiful Esopus Valley on either side of the creek are namesake Mount Tremper to the north and Mount Pleasant and Romer Mountain to the south.

At Phoenicia, step into the past by visiting the historic 1900 railroad depot, home of the Empire State Railway Museum.  Here you can explore railroading both past and present along the old Ulster & Delaware route. Upon re-boarding, the train now sets out for Cold Brook station, located in Boiceville. This portion of the extended track offers a fresh variety of scenic vistas along the Esopus Creek, through the woods, and returns to Mt. Tremper.

You may board the train and purchase tickets at either Phoenicia or Mt. Tremper station — The choice is yours!

Visit www.catskillmtrailroad.com for more information.

Reprint from Catskill Mountain Railroad website.

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