• Catskill Mountain Railroad (CMRR) Discussion - 2021

  • Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.
Pertaining to all railroading subjects, past and present, in New York State.

Moderator: Otto Vondrak

  by eehiv
The Catskill Mountain Railroad will be reopening on March 27, 2021. The CMRR will be using its six passenger flat cars for service at a reduced capacity just as it did in 2020.

  by BandA
If I'm reading that right, your existing trains get 1MPG with 280 seating capacity! That's like a 1960s car that gets 50 MPG. And that re-powering them will double the fuel efficiency. I'm surprised that batteries are strong enough now to provide train heat, and that that is the most efficient way.

The short boardwalk through the wetlands for the trail is an interesting solution and would give the trail variety.
  by eehiv
  by kieran
Simple amazing that the county lets this line just sit there even though a willing a proven operator is ready to go.

I've been following these threads for years and really hope they grant this extension. Even just this little bit could open up so much potential in the future.
  by eehiv
The CMRR wrapped up its season on December 23rd. Ridership was over 23,000 this year, much higher than last year's 13,007. Our non-Christmas ridership went from 11,216 to nearly 19,000 in 2021. Our Polar substitute, the Catskill Christmas Express had nearly 5000 riders in 2021, though nothing compared to the 29,500 we had for Polar in 2019.

Most important the Ulster County legislature extended our permit by another 2 years on a strong 17-5 vote. It will now go through December 31, 2023. We will keep working on our track extension plans in 2022.

All in all, we had a very good year despite Covid. Our six open air flat cars really saved the day. We look forward to a great 2022.

Ernie Hunt