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End of an Era....

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End of an era...

As I write this on the 3rd of June 2016, The Catskill Mountain Railroad's lease on the Ulster and Delaware Corridor has ended and operations have ceased. The Catskill Mountain Railroad has submitted a RFP, request for proposal to Ulster County to continue operations. Given that there is so much bad blood between the Ulster County Executive and the Ulster County Legislature, I think the chances of the CMRR being awarded the RFP is slim to none. The way things have been written, it would be difficult, if not impossible for any railroad to operate on the line, giving The Ulster County executive, Mike Hein exactly what he wants, to turn the entire corridor into a bike and hiking path. Not that Ulster County needs another one.

On 5/29/2016 I headed up to Kingston and beyond to catch the Catskill Mountain Railroad one last time. Today, as I post this, the last trains have left Kingston and Cold Brook and the CMRR is winding down its operations. It now has sixty days to get its equipment off the right of way. This will be an expensive propostion as it all has to be trucked out. Here are my last photos of the CMRR and then a little CSX action afterword.

CMRR 400 waits for a call to duty that will never come at Kingston, NY 5/29/2016.

CMRR 400

The only tracks that are safe in Phoenicia is this garden railroad owned by the Empire State Railway museum. The real track in the foreground will be ripped up for a hiking trail

At least this is safe..

CMRR 407 looks great in its last to next day of service as it pulls the first train of the day into Phoenicia 5/29/2016

CMRR 407

Here is a view of CMRR 407 from the other side of the tracks at Phoenicia, NY 5/29/2015

CMRR 407

CMRR 407 shoves east at Mt Tremper, NY 5/29/2016. One person observed a mere eight people on a parallel hiking trail that paid nothing versus 75 plus paying passengers on the CMRR. And Ulster County officials think yet another trail is a good idea????

CMRR 407

CMRR 42 pulls the Kingston City Limited east back to Kingston Plaza in Kingston, NY 5/29/2016

CMRR 42

CMRR 401 gets dragged back to Kingston Plaza in Kingston, NY 5/29/2016

CMRR 401

CMRR 401 pulls the Kingston City Limited at Washington Ave in Kingston, NY 5/29/2015

CMRR 401

CMRR 42 is pulled west at Washington Ave in Kingston, NY 5/29/2016

CMRR 42

The CMRR advertisement for the last trains in the Catskills at Kingston, NY 5/29/2016

Sad Sign

CMRR 401 waits for traffic to stop at RT 209 in Kingston, NY 5/29/2016

CMRR 401

Volunteers have stopped traffic on RT 209 so the CMRR 401 can proceed west 5/29/2016. Its volunteers like these that have kept the CMRR running since 1982. Thank you all for your devotion to try and keep trains running in the Catskills.

CMRR 401

CMRR 42 passes the modern crossing gates at RT 209 in Kingston, NY The CMRR paid for these with their OWN funds and volunteers installed them to make crossing RT 209 safe.

CMRR 42

CMRR 42 drifts into the weeds towards Hurley Mountain Road and the end of active track. Its sad that Ulster County fought the CMRR at every turn, even refusing to allow them to spray the weeds to keep them away from the track making clearing the weeds a difficult and unending task for CMRR volunteers who would cut everything back with lawnmowers and whatever else they could use.

CMRR 42

Having covered just about every spot that could be used for photography on the CMRR, It was time to head over to CSX for a bit....

CSX 474 is on Q-434 at Mount Marion, NY 5/29/2016

CSX 474 on Q-434

CSX 3420 is on Q-439 at Mount Marion, NY 5/29/2016

CSX 3420 on Q-439

CSX 4070 is on C-712 at Mount Marion, NY 5/29/2016

CSX 4070 on C-712

CSX C-712 shoves into a customer siding at Catskill, NY 5/29/2016

C712

CSX 4070 shoves cars into a customer siding at Catskill, NY 5/29/2016

CSX 4070

CSX 4070 shoves cars into a customer siding at Catskill, NY 5/29/2016

CSX 4070

After this I had to head home as my car was giving me trouble. It was a harrowing 100 plus miles home :-P



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COMMENTS

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WhiteLyeoness
WhiteLyeoness
00:22 Jun 07 2016

Nice article, so sorry to see this rail no longer in service...gotta love how politicals seems to get in the way of things that are good for the community.





Voelk
Voelk
00:14 Jun 17 2016

I as an instructor at West Point for two summers. I dated a girl from Wallkill. I used to live in Rotterdam and work in the Catskill & Bear Mountain area.

I love reading your posts because they bring back so mnay good memories and frankly, who doesn't love trains?






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