Monday, September 21, 2009

Catskills: Ulster & Delaware Railroad.....

Riding the rails in the Catskill Mountains...

Almost hidden from view; the remains of a passenger car from a forgotten era of railroad history in the Catskill Mountains, sits just outside of Kingston, NY on route 209. The passenger car from the early 1900s is a symbol of the gold era of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad.

From 1870 to 1976 the Ulster & Delaware Railroad provided a vital service carrying freight such as Bluestone quarried in the Catskills and transported to New York City its sidewalks. Dairy products from Ulster & Delaware County farms were also whisked off to the big city. The trains of the U & D RR also carried passengers, mostly tourist from the Big Apple to and from the Catskill Mountains area to escape the congestion of NYC, particularly during the hot summers and to the ski slopes in the winter.

Today you can take a nostalgic ride on sections of the historic Ulster & Delaware Railroad & the Fall is a great time to see the magnificent colors.

All Aboard!!!

Trolley Museum:

Take a ride (some even have a "Pooch Pass" for well-behaved canine family members - kitty too!):



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