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If Katskill Mountain Railroad would speak, they could say,,,,

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If Katskill Mountain Railroad would speak, they could say,,,,
Posted by Boyd on Monday, March 13, 2017 9:05 PM

I wonder if everyone in that organization is soft spoken? If I was part of their team I'd say to the city "please leave us alone". The city obviously has been targeting them with tactics like blocking the line with a dump truck and several other things. I have posted a few strong but civil comments on their FB page and they seem to have the approach of Mister Rogers. The city obviously wants a trail and must have some train haters among them. What if the ideology of every city council with a tourist train operation within its borders sours to the same thinking then what happens to rail preservation in the US?

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Posted by MidlandMike on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 9:00 PM

I think politics is influenced by developers, people who make money by demolishing something and building something new, and promising economic development.  Marginal railfan operations are vulnerable.

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 4:08 PM

If the truth be told they been an eye sore for years.

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Posted by Boyd on Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:07 AM

Do you mean the city counci?

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Thursday, March 16, 2017 7:58 AM

I mean the rail road did little to improve its operation or its ties to the community. I'll give you an example. The county invested in cleaning up the corridor, 9 North . the road runs North / South and parallels the foot hills of the cat skills mtns, it's a very pretty vista and leads up to the ski resort. It also built a very popular bike/ people trail that follows  the road. In the middle of this  scenery is the Catskill  railroad end of the main line storage track is a string of close to derlict passenger cars on both sides of county road. These cars have not seen service in decades. Some painted in their original  c&o blue and yellow paint jobs, now mostly rust and peeling paint. Parking this string of cars out in an area that the county prides it self was like poking a finger into the county eye. It's yard  in the city of Kingston wasn't much better.

It's not to say that the city or county is opposed to historical museum. The city is the home to the trolloy museum of new York that has a unique collection of trollies including PCC cars, subway cars and trams from Europe.

It's also home to fleet obsolete, a group based in Brooklyn but is restoring it's fleet of ww 2 PT boats in Kingston NY . the fleet includes PT 48, 728 459 and 615.

I think the city recognized it's rich history which included being the first capital of new York. Kingston NY was one of the end points for the  not to famous Delaware and Hudson  canal which barged  coal  honesdale pa to Kingston, then onto NYC.

Kingston also was a major port during the steam boat era on the Hudson river. Steamers would carry passengers from NYC to Kingston where they boarded  the train to the Catskill mountains. These grand steamers continued until 1948, when the steamer Robert folton made its last run from NYC to Albany.

With all that said, What would the Catskill railroad say, in my opinion, " we had 20 years and we blew it" what shame with an area rich in history and scenery.

 

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Posted by Boyd on Thursday, March 16, 2017 1:33 PM

I'd guess the Catskill Mountain Railroad is ran mostly by volunteers who have a limited time and energy. They should try to get more volunteers. 

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Posted by mudchicken on Thursday, March 16, 2017 2:15 PM

This is just history repeating itself. Look up D&RG historical at Monte Vista, CO some time. (including on the STB website) ... and like Monte Vista, both sides need to clean up their act. (both need out behind the woodshed)

Mudchicken Nothing is worth taking the risk of losing a life over. Come home tonight in the same condition that you left home this morning in. Safety begins with ME.... cinscocom-west

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