Delaware & Ulster Railroad

Arkville, New York | C.1983

Photo Credit: Christian Harder

Headquartered in Rondout—a small hamlet on the Hudson River—the original Ulster & Delaware Railroad Company was founded in 1866 and advertised as “The Only All-Rail Route to the Catskill Mountains.”

Though small, it was significant in stature, with trains noted for their elegance. These “engines that could” wielded great influence in the region, shuttling passengers to destinations that otherwise couldn’t be reached (at least not by all-rail routes), and giving a steady boost to businesses along its path, especially in Delaware County.

Today, these trains, such as the Rip Van Winkle Flyer, have been lovingly restored to transport passengers back to the golden age of railroading.

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