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.
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.
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