Derailment Cancels Tourist RR Last Trips

On Oct. 28 you printed my article about part of the Catskill Mountain Railroad shutting down.

train image2We had ridden the line for our last time on Oct. 23. The very last runs were supposed to be Oct. 28, 29 and 30. As it turns out, we made the right decision riding the weekend before.

On the final trip of Friday, Oct. 28, the Catskill Mountain train derailed the locomotive and an open-air car. No one was hurt.

The train was eventually re-railed but the railroad was forced to cancel the trips for Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets had been sold in advance. People came from long distances to ride the last trains, only to have to be turned away.

It was a very sad end to a 34 year operation. Don’t take things for granted. Enjoy the moment, as it might inadvertently be the last you will get.

Article by Jack Norris


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