Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby airman00 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:15 pm

Otto Vondrak wrote:
airman00 wrote:How is the rebuilding effort by the durr going? I'm curious how far from the cmrr line they are.


From what I understand, the runaround at Highmount is CMRR trackage that is used by DURR by agreement.

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Well that's interesting thank you. When will this track work to highmount be completed?
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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby eehiv » Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:30 pm

http://www.watershedpost.com/2013/train ... -expansion
Train to Pine Hill? Delaware & Ulster Railroad eyes eastward expansion

It's a sound that hasn't been heard on Belleayre for more than a decade: The chug-chug-chug of a railroad engine.

On the brilliant autumn afternoon of Thursday, October 3, the Delaware & Ulster Railroad (DURR), a nonprofit railroad company that runs tourist trains between Arkville and Roxbury, sent one of its trains east from Arkville instead of west. Without much fanfare, the 1962 ALCO RS-36 pulled up to the little wooden platform on Route 28 in Highmount, at the base of the Belleayre Ski Center.
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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby Otto Vondrak » Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:12 pm

eehiv wrote:http://www.watershedpost.com/2013/train-pine-hill-delaware-ulster-railroad-eyes-eastward-expansion

Train to Pine Hill? Delaware & Ulster Railroad eyes eastward expansion

It's a sound that hasn't been heard on Belleayre for more than a decade: The chug-chug-chug of a railroad engine.

On the brilliant autumn afternoon of Thursday, October 3, the Delaware & Ulster Railroad (DURR), a nonprofit railroad company that runs tourist trains between Arkville and Roxbury, sent one of its trains east from Arkville instead of west. Without much fanfare, the 1962 ALCO RS-36 pulled up to the little wooden platform on Route 28 in Highmount, at the base of the Belleayre Ski Center.



My favorite quote from County Executive Mike Hein:

"Our focus at this moment, throughout the [Ulster & Delaware] corridor, is connecting the Walkway Over the Hudson to the Ashokan Reservoir via rail trail, and having a rail provider running from Boiceville to Phoenicia," Hein said. "We clearly are open to additional ideas west of Phoenicia."


What he doesn't tell you is that this is part of the track he wants to scrap to close the $650,000 gap in his 2013 budget.

Better quote:
"This is the beginning of the return of rail service to the western end of Ulster County," [DURR's executive director Dave] Riordan said. "We put the cash on the table, now we're putting the locomotive on the mountain."


Congratulations, DURR! I hope you continue to push eastward, no matter what Ulster County says.

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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby jmarino » Wed Oct 09, 2013 8:51 pm

Otto Vondrak wrote:
eehiv wrote:http://www.watershedpost.com/2013/train-pine-hill-delaware-ulster-railroad-eyes-eastward-expansion

Train to Pine Hill? Delaware & Ulster Railroad eyes eastward expansion

It's a sound that hasn't been heard on Belleayre for more than a decade: The chug-chug-chug of a railroad engine.

On the brilliant autumn afternoon of Thursday, October 3, the Delaware & Ulster Railroad (DURR), a nonprofit railroad company that runs tourist trains between Arkville and Roxbury, sent one of its trains east from Arkville instead of west. Without much fanfare, the 1962 ALCO RS-36 pulled up to the little wooden platform on Route 28 in Highmount, at the base of the Belleayre Ski Center.



My favorite quote from County Executive Mike Hein:

"Our focus at this moment, throughout the [Ulster & Delaware] corridor, is connecting the Walkway Over the Hudson to the Ashokan Reservoir via rail trail, and having a rail provider running from Boiceville to Phoenicia," Hein said. "We clearly are open to additional ideas west of Phoenicia."


What he doesn't tell you is that this is part of the track he wants to scrap to close the $650,000 gap in his 2013 budget.

Better quote:
"This is the beginning of the return of rail service to the western end of Ulster County," [DURR's executive director Dave] Riordan said. "We put the cash on the table, now we're putting the locomotive on the mountain."


Congratulations, DURR! I hope you continue to push eastward, no matter what Ulster County says.

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I hope for the same , time will tell Good luck D&U
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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby airman00 » Wed Oct 09, 2013 9:05 pm

Well I imagine that "locomotive on the mountain" will make the county exec stand up and take notice! :-) With the Durr wanting to push eastward and the Cmrr rebuilding west, the county exec is now getting squeezed in the middle!
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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby jmarino » Sun Oct 20, 2013 5:40 pm

Has the D&U went up to Highmount anymore ?
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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby thebigham » Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:59 pm

The D&U has some maps and pictures on their Volunteer page:

http://how2help.durr.org/?page_id=90

The RS11 at Highmount:

http://how2help.durr.org/?page_id=25
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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby airman00 » Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:30 pm

Very interesting! The D&U is doing some great work! :-)
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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby Matt Langworthy » Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:20 pm

thebigham wrote:The RS11 at Highmount:

http://how2help.durr.org/?page_id=25


Minor correction- the engine is an RS36. Nice shot.
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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby jmarino » Mon May 05, 2014 9:30 pm

So are running to Highmount this season? [ D&U ]
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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby marco » Tue May 27, 2014 4:23 pm

Is there anywhere to find schedule information on the Rip Van Winkle Flyer Dinner Train Service?
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Re: Delaware & Ulster Rail Ride Discussion

Postby O-6-O » Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:20 am

DU doins'
this past weekend a small crew was enjoying a beautiful day on Saturday. Opened Roxbury station for the D&U trains, did a general grounds clean up,fence painting.

Joe and Dave Baker did needed service and repairs to soceity's MT19 and new member Al Favaro joined us for a weed inspection run west on the last mile of intact rail.

Welcome Al. Joe, Dave, Geo Cook and I also finshed the tamping and leveling the new TC setoff and we discussed needed work to ready the grounds for the milkhouse

move that will be done this summer. After a nice lunch in Arkville, Joe,George, Al and I worked on the west end switch relocation project in Fleishmans. We got some

grading and new ties down and my backhoe skills are a work in progress but it was again a great day to be out doin RR stuff.
One way or the other we're gonna fix this railroad.
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Mechanical issues force early end to DURR season

Postby rhallock » Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:39 pm

I heard recently that Delaware & Ulster which operates out of Arkville had to cancel their fall foliage trains due to not having any operating engines. Can anyone shed any more light on this?
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Re: Delaware & Ulster-Arkville

Postby BR&P » Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:22 pm

It does not seem like foliage season would be over already but their web site says "We are closed for the season. DURR will reopen in 2016." There is no mention of power problems specifically, but does say they have had mechanical problems and cites safety as the reason for closing..
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Re: Delaware & Ulster-Arkville

Postby BR&P » Thu Oct 22, 2015 7:54 am

This is NOT official and does not come from the railroad, but I'm hearing the RS36 has a couple cracked wheels. I was also told that a crane which was needed to change them out has not gotten there as fast as they were hoping. Also was told - again not official info - the switcher had a bad axle.

Hope they can get things under control. The loss of revenue can be devastating.
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