Catskill Mountain Fall Foliage Train Ride

Real Estate Broker/Owner with JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 10491201242
  • Catskill Mountain Fall Foliage Ride 

Today was such a beautiful day so we decided to do something as a family.  Our choice was to take the Catskill Mountain Fall Foliage train ride.  The Catskill is a beautiful area and we have been to the area many times but had never been on the train.  Well today we decided to change all that.

We boarded the train at the Mount Pleasant stop and it went south along the Esopus Creek , thus this train ride is referred to The Scenic Esopus Creek Route.  This leg of the ride provided some wonderful mountain views as well as magnificent flowing creek scenes.  Only one stop was made in this direction, at Cold Brook.

On the way back we came to a crossing where the conductor literally got off the train to act as the crossing guard since there were no signals.  The final stop was at the Phoenicia Station were we found a railroad museum.

At the museum we saw many artifacts as well as photographs.  One which caught our attention was that of the Poughkeepsie Rail-Road Bridge which was recently turned into "The Walkway Over The Hudson River".  This museum had some exhibits that was related to the New York Quadricentennial celebration.

It was a delight conversing with the crew who were so excited to tell us all about the history of the rail line and what they are presently doing to further restore and lengthen the rail line.


 Catskill Mountain Railroad

Here are some facts We found out about the railroad.

  • This railroad line was once a passenger line and traveled as far as Oneonta until 1954.
  • We were told these rail track came very close to being removed but fortunately it did not.
  • The Empire State Railway Museum located at the Phoenicia is a great place to learn more about the area history and is designated a historic site.

 Esopus Creek

 Schedule and fare


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Jennifer Fivelsdal- Associate Broker- Keller Williams

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Comments (11)

Paddy (Patricia) Pizappi
Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty - Pine Bush, NY
Real Estate Associate Broker Hudson Valley NY

Very nice Jennifer.  It sounds like a wonderful way to see the beautiful leaves and learn some history of the area.  Will have to check it out someday.

Oct 04, 2009 10:43 PM
Gary L. Waters Broker Associate, Bucci Realty
Bucci Realty, Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Eighteen Years Experience in Brevard County

Sounds like a nice way to spend some quality time with the family. Fall colors...nice to see since in Florida the only fall change in colors is something about wearing white or beige or something like that after Labor Day...I never get that right anyway so I just wear black year round!

Oct 05, 2009 12:23 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Jennifer, This is something I would just love....I can't think of a better way to see all the colors.  I'll have to mapquest the Catskills again, it's beautiful but a long ride for me.

Oct 05, 2009 01:08 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This is just the type of think I like... I miss those trains... it is a great way to see things!  Wish it was a little closer.

Oct 05, 2009 01:24 AM
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

What a fun way to spend a family day. We are starting to have our leaves changed but not near at peak yet.

I love trains so this would have been a fun trip.

Oct 05, 2009 02:33 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jennifer now that looks like a fun experience, viewing the foliage and a train ride to boot.  Sounds like a win win to me.

Oct 05, 2009 12:24 PM
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Jennifer  I love Fall foliage - you guys are ahead of us - your photos make me anxious for ours to arrive  Karen

Oct 06, 2009 01:26 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Sorry to you all, It has been hectic so I am just getting back here.

Paddy it is not so far away for you and I think you would enjoy the ride. I know you love doing stuff as a family so this would be ideal. We had lots of fun.

Gary with your choice of color you would be at home in  The leaves weren't at their peak yet,  still there was enough color.  Coming from an island I know what you mean about Florida.

Carole What you should do is make a weekend of it.

Joan I am glad that they are working at lengthening the ride.  Right now that involves fixing bridges and the track.  To think these tracks were almost ripped up, glad someone had some foresight.

Oct 06, 2009 11:12 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection

Missy the leave were not at their peak butthe train ride was rather scenic.  Besides looking at the foliage the train traveled along the lovely Esopus Creek.

George it was a win win and most of all shared with the family.

Karen - I still need it to be more colorful, I want to take a cruise on the Hudson River when the foliage peak.

Oct 06, 2009 11:18 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Jennifer!  What a wonderful presentation!  I too, love trains, and could really get into taking a ride and viewing the fall foliage!  Simply beautiful photos.

Debe in Charlotte


Oct 06, 2009 05:38 PM
Kate Elim
Dockside Realty - Spotsylvania, VA
Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a

Hi Jennifer...Has the color peaked as yet or is there still time for folks to jump on board the train?


Oct 07, 2009 11:26 AM