Phoenicia tourist rail ride marking 25th anniversary

Time flies when you’re having fun. This year, the Catskill Mountain Railroad Company is celebrating its 25th season operating tourist trains along
the Esopus Creek in the beautiful Catskill Mountains.   
Historically, the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Scenic Train has traveled along a 12-mile round-trip between Phoenicia and Boiceville. With its all-volunteer workforce, and its continued effort to expand, the Catskill Mountain Railroad is proud to announce a new extension to its scenic train ride. Having restored just under a mile of additional track in 2007, the ride now travels along rails, which have not seen passenger traffic for 30 years, to the original Coldbrook Station.
Ride the scenic train, a two-hour experience, in the restored 1922 Erie Lackawanna Coach or view the scenery of the Catskills from open-air flatcars for a wonderful railroad excursion.
The trip includes a stop at the Phoenicia Station, home of the Empire State Railway Museum. Here, passengers can explore railroading both past and present on the Catskill Mountain Railroad Branch Line of the old Ulster and Delaware Railroad.
 The Catskill Mountain Railroad’s scenic train will operate weekends and holidays
through October 26.
New for the 2008 season, the Catskill Mountain Railroad will operate trains on Fridays from July 4 thru September 1 and October 3 thru October 26.
Adult fares are $14, children (ages 4-11) ride for $8, and children under four-years-old ride free.
The Mt. Pleasant Station is located 22 miles west of Kingston on Route 28.
It also offers a snack bar and gift shop, with campsites and lodgings nearby.
For more information call 688-7400, e-mail info@catskillmtrailroad.com, or visit: www.catskillmtrailroad.com.