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Catskill Mountain Railroad lengthens ride, adds events

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KINGSTON – The Catskill Mountain Railroad announced this week that it has completed an additional 1.67 miles of track renovations in 2019, increasing the length of its ride by nearly 60 percent . CMRR track crews have rebuilt the track which now reaches Route 28A at Mile Post (MP) 8.33 in Stony Hollow, giving customers a nine mile roundtrip ride from Kingston. With the railroad now at the western-most end of its current Ulster County permit along the former Ulster and Delaware Railroad, the CMRR’s Fall Foliage Trains will start using the new extended track on September 28.

The CMRR is presently petitioning Ulster County to allow the railroad to cross Route 28A in Stony Hollow, a crossing which has been paved over. The group would then continue renovating track to MP 10.01 near the Ashokan Reservoir. The county removed track beyond this point to construct the Ashokan Rail Trail, which is projected to open in October. If permitted, CMRR would relay track to the new Ashokan Rail Trail trailhead in West Hurley at MP 10.4 to enabling them to provide shuttle service from Kingston Plaza.

CMRR, which reported a total ridership of 37,619 in 2018, also has plans to extend its ride to the Glenford Dike at MP 11.1. The Glenford Dike location will offer passengers access to the beautiful vistas of the Ashokan Reservoir giving the railroad a scenic destination for its trains. Railroad officials reported $1.43 million in revenues for 2018 with just 12 percent coming from within Ulster County and the remainder begin tourists pulled into the county by the attraction.

In January, CMRR projected it would increase the number of train runs in 2019 to 233, from 194 in 2018. Fall Foliage Adventure trains weekends run September 28 to Columbus Day, Pumpkin Express weekends from October 19 to October 27, and Rails of Terror run Friday and Saturday nights from October 12 to October 26. The train’s most popular attraction, Polar Express begins November 15 and runs through the entire winter holiday season into January, 2020

More information on the CMRR and all of its current activities is available at www.catskillmountainrailroad.com.

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