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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 02/11/07 at 12:33:29 - '100_0705b.jpg' 81 KB
Yesterday, February 10th, we had three workcrews - two in Phoenicia and one in Kingston. All got a lot done:  
 
In Phoenicia, George Liucci, Tom Healy, Neil and Kathy Isabelle, and Dick Wilhelm finished setting up the container/shop for the 702 restoration. They got a lot of shelving up and it will soon be ready for use as a sand blast/paint shop for seat parts for 702. Parts for the sand blast cabinet are on order.  
 
Also in Phoenicia, George Peck, Dave Mason, Jason DiTolla, Derek Stapleton, Dennis Michela, and Dave Baker continued a general yard and trailer cleanup and moved the passenger train from Mt. Pleasant to Phoenicia. After that, they switched out the work train and passenger train, then made the work train ready for next weekend. They also reinstalled the piston on the scarifier, except for the bolts, and moved the tie handler to the museum siding. Also burned more wood and paper rubbish in the yard.  
 
In Kingston, Earl Pardini, Rob Blake, Ed Palmatier, Ron Epstein, Peter Fluchere, John Patane, Jr., and I completed the cleanup of the yard in Kingston. We borrowed the County's industrial chipper, chipped all the brush and trees we cut last weekend, and cut and chipped additional areas all around the yard. The yard looks the best it has looked in years. Next weekend we intend to take the chipper out onto the right of way and continue cutting and chipping.  
 
Below is a picture of the chipper we used.  
 
 
EH

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 01/20/07 at 22:48:13 - '100_0692b.jpg' 100 KB
Our first event for 2007 was the Catskill Mountain Railroad’s Volunteer Meeting in Phoenicia, hosted by CMRR Chairman Harry Jameson.  Of the CMRR’s 79 volunteers, over 40 came to the meeting. We ran though our accomplishments for 2006, which included the following:
 
Doubling the volunteer base from 40 to 79 members
 
Increasing gross revenue for the tourist train by 40%
 
Clearing 16.85 miles of the mainline track from Phoenicia to Kingston, opening the line for the first time in many years.
 
Clearing 2.5 miles of track on the “west end” from Giggle Hollow to the D&U interchange in Highmount.
 
Repairing a major washout at MP 23.3 in the operating section.
 
Rehabilitating the track for full-sized trains east from MP 22.7 to MP 22.4, and west from MP 3.2 to MP 3.43.
 
Moving 6 cars off the washed-out track west of 209 near Kingston.
 
Putting more than 3000 volunteer hours into track clearing, maintenance and rehabilitation in 2006.
 
Harry Jameson also showed us a 30 year old video showing the last train on the line in 1976, and an interview with a very young, future President of the CMRR, Earl Pardini, on plans to save the railroad.
 
 
Plans for 2007:
 
We also discussed our plans for 2007.  These include:
 
Repairing the mainline in Kingston to Washington Avenue, MP 4.37, and to Cold Brook Station, MP 22.1, in Cold Brook.
 
Starting a tourist train operation in Kingston, repainting the 401,and renovating two flats and a caboose for this new service.
 
Exploring freight operations in Kingston.
 
Fully repairing and servicing all maintenance equipment.
 
Widening our brush clearing in Kingston to a 20 foot swath from MP 3 to MP 6, spraying this section of the line and the operating section from MP 21.3 to Phoenicia, and regularly mowing the rest of the line.
 
Clearing more of the line between Phoenicia and Highmount.
 
Expanding the Cornell Street yard in Kingston and bringing 2 coaches in from mainline storage to begin restoration for Kingston tourist train operations.
 
Moving all other equipment off the mainline to allow maintenance equipment to be moved freely from Kingston to Phoenicia.
 
Repairing the washouts west of 209, the broken rail at MP 6.5, and the Stony Hollow drainage problem.
 
Assessing the costs of repairing the Butternut Cove washout and the Boiceville Bridge.
 
Expanding our volunteer base further.
 
After the meeting wrapped up, we went to the Mount Pleasant station, and had an official Volunteer Photo taken for 2007 – despite the 19 degree temperature and 30 mph winds!
 
See you in 2007!
 
 
Ernie Hunt
Volunteer Coordinator
Catskill Mountain Railroad
 


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Re: Maine Eastern - By Bob on 01/16/07 at 10:10:28 - 'rockland800.jpg' 381 KB
this silent passenger set is at the Rockland station

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 01/15/07 at 16:22:52 - '100_0655b.jpg' 71 KB
On Saturday, January 13th, the Kingston track crew took advantage of the warm weather and were back to work replacing ties west of Albany Avenue in Kingston. 13 ties were inserted and spiked, and another three re-tamped and re-spiked. We fixed the small washout in the line at MP 3.47, about 350 feet west of Albany Avenue.  
 
George Cook marked ties up to Chandler Drive/I587 (MP 3.57) - we have about 40 more to replace before we get there.  
 
We had a good-sized crew: Earl Pardini, Harry Jameson, Tom Healy, Ron Epstein, Peter Fluchere, Mimi Pardini, Ed Parmatier, Thom Johnson, John LaBarre, Joe Marsh, George Cook (and his dog Cinder), myself, and a new Volunteer, John Patane, Jr.  
 
After we ran through all the ties we set off last time, Earl got the 401 running and dropped more ties, leaving about 25 ties for the next session.  
 
We will be back at it the next Saturday the ground isn't frozen - though this may be a while, as winter looks like it will be finally arriving this week.  
 
Photos from Saturday can be found here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 01/07/07 at 00:37:42 - '100_0630b.jpg' 89 KB
Today, an eleven person crew took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather to replace more ties in Kingston. Present were CMRR Chairman Harry Jameson and President Earl Pardini, Bill Brosnan, Thom Johnson, Al Johnson, Peter Fluchere, Ed Palmatier, Ron Epstein, Mimi Pardini, myself, and our new volunteer Joe Janasiewicz.  
 
We spiked three ties we inserted last time, and inserted and spiked 7 more ties, mostly at a small washout in the line. The CMRR's worktrain made an appearance, dropping ties for today's work, and about 10 more ties at the next small washout about 50 feet further west.  
 
We hope to get another session in next Saturday before the weather closes in and the ground freezes for the rest of the winter.  
 
We can now run full-sized trains to MP 3.45, .25 miles from where we started on Downs Street on November 11th.  
 
Pictures from today can be found here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 12/18/06 at 01:04:40 - '100_0576a.jpg' 63 KB
CMRR Volunteer Workday, Saturday, December 16th  
 
The CMRR had a good turnout on Saturday, December 16th at Phoenicia. Present were Dave Mason, George Peck, Derek Stapleton, Jason DiTolla, John Isaksen, Dave Baker, Ray Farrell, and Rich Bause of the Trolley Museum.  
 
The crew set the hi-rail dump body (not the dump truck) on the rails and cleaned out the junk inside. They filled the dump body with small stone and dumped it with the gradall between new east switch and Phoenicia Station. This was mainly a test dump for using it at Campground Curve, which will be coming up in the next week or so.  
 
The crew took out Engine 1 (the "Duck") to Mt. Pleasant to do a test run over the Route 28 crossing. Rich Bause loaded all the ties onto the flatcar with his boom truck (these will be for Campground Curve). Rich also moved all the sticks of rail in the yard and made a central storage location for them. Derek cleaned up the area where the rail previously was with the backhoe. The crew used Engine #1 to switch Engine #29 and the work train around into the new east siding.  
 
Also, separately, Al Howes worked stabilizing the D&H caboose, and plans to do the same soon for the passenger cars stored off of 209.  
 
Train Ride with Santa, Sunday, December 17th  
 
On Sunday, December 17th, the Train Ride with Santa was a big success. The crews started making round trips on the hour starting at 1pm from Phoenicia to Mount Pleasant, then across Route 28 to Rock Cut. Santa got on at Mt. Pleasant and rode the train to Rock Cut and back. The weather was unusually mild, and everyone had a great time. It was a fitting end for a great year on the Catskill Mountain RR.  
 
More pictures from the weekend can be found here:
 
LINK URL
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 11/19/06 at 08:54:01 - '100_0458a.jpg' 89 KB
Yesterday, we moved the six cars on the track west of 209 to safety; the diner "Lion Gardiner" and Ex-EL MU 4322 were moved to the west side of 209 so that we could access 4322 easily to obtain spare parts for the completion of the renovation of its twin, Ex-EL MU 4332 which is being restored to become CMRR 702.  
 
The remaining four cars, CNJ 1198, CNJ 1204, an Ex-NYC hopper and an Ex-PRR gondola, were moved east off the damaged track so we could begin track repair.  
 
This work was completed about 2pm; after lunch we went back to Downs Street and spiked the ties we inserted last week; we got 8 of 13 spiked before it got too dark to work.  
 
We had a great turnout today - 17 volunteers. Besides CMRR Chairman Harry Jameson and President Earl Pardini, there were George Cook, Al Johnson, John Voelcker, Ed Palmatier, Greg Vaughn, Bill Brosnan, Steve Kijak, Dick Wilhelm, Tom Healy, Thom Johnson, Jimmy Kinns, Burr Hubbell, Freddier Rasmussen, Travis Rapp, and myself.  
 
We plan to finish spiking the ties next Saturday, and continue replacing ties west.  
 
Pictures from yesterday can be found here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 11/04/06 at 22:54:44 - '100_0404b.jpg' 66 KB
Catskill Mountain RR Work Day – Saturday, November 4th
 
Today we had a thirteen man crew working to shore up the tracks under the cars stored on the mainline at MP 5.5, just west of Route 209. We used bridge timbers originally from the Moodna viaduct for the bracing and cribbing.  
 
The crew today consisted of CMRR Chairman Harry Jameson and CMRR President Earl Pardini, George Cook, Al Johnson, Ed Palmatier, Dave Baker, John Voelcker, Steve Kijak, John LaBarre, Tom Healy, Dick Wilhelm, myself, and our new volunteer Russell.  
 
We put two timbers and blocks under the former EL MU 4322, former CNJ 1198 and 1204. Under the gondola, we put a double crib with four timbers under the east end, and a quadruple crib with 8 timbers under the west end.  
 
The cars are now ready to be moved. We will do this next Saturday, to get them out of the way so the tracks can be repaired in this area.  
 
Here are some photos from today:  
 
LINK URL  
 
 
 
EH

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 10/24/06 at 21:50:07 - '100_0327a.jpg' 136 KB
Catskill Mountain. RR Work Day Saturday, October 28th  
 
On Saturday, October 28th, Earl Pardini, Steve Kijak and I plan to lead a crew putting cribbing in the washed-out track under the passenger cars just west of the Route 209 crossing outside of Kingston. We also plan to start moving the cars out of the section of washed out track (Earl will move the cars with his backhoe). We will need picks and shovels for this work, so please bring these (and extras for others) if you have them. We plan to start about 9:30am.  
 
To find this location, exit the Thruway at Exit 19 in Kingston, and head west ½ mile on Route 28 until you reach the intersection of Route 28 and Route 209. Turn south on 209. The crossing is about 6/10ths mile south. We will park on the east side.  
 
If we have time later in the day, we will head up to Ashokan and continue cutting the pine trees there. For this work, we will need chain saws and weed-wackers, so bring these also if you have room.  
 
Weather is expected to be cloudy with a high of 56 degrees Saturday with a little wind. There is a chance of a morning shower, but it is expected to be generally a dry day.  
 
Be sure to bring work gloves, heavy boots, and a hard hat if you have one, plus vests and flags, if you have them, for signaling traffic on route 209 if we move some of the cars to the other side of the highway.  
 
New volunteers are welcome as always.  
 
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 10/22/06 at 13:22:51 - '100_0368a.jpg' 130 KB
CMRR Brush Cutting - October 21st Golden Spike Ceremony
 
On Saturday October 21st, we had a 10 man crew working from two different directions to complete the last brushcutting on the Catskill Mountain RR's mainline between Kingston and Phoenicia. The westbound crew out of West Hurley, MP 10.2, consisted of John Voelcker, Steve Kijak, Joe Marsh, George Cook, Chris Bigham, myself and two new volunteers, Thom Johnson and Bill Brosnan. The eastbound crew out of Ashokan, MP 16.2, consisted of Tom Healy and Dick Wilhelm.  
 
Both crews met at MP 15.1 at 3pm, where we held a "golden spike" ceremony. See pictures from today here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
This brings us to a total of 19.35 miles of track cleared in 2006, and brings our track reopening program to a close for 2006. 11 more miles remain between Phoenicia and Giggle Hollow, and we plan to reduce that gap significantly next spring.  
 
We still plan to complete two more projects before the winter weather sets in. Next week we plan to put cribbing under the stranded cars off of Route 209. Once the cribbing is in, track repairs will commence and we will move the cars out of the washed-out area to repair the track. Once the trackwork here is complete, we will do trackwork further up the line to get the cars off of 209 up to West Hurley.  
 
Our other major project is to do preparation work for installing a switch at Ashokan, MP 16.2, as part of a runaround for this future terminus of the Catskill Mountain Railroad. By doing this we will be able to move the crane parked there off the mainline. In order to install this siding, quite a few trees need to be cut down, and we started on this project by cutting many pine trees at MP 16.25 before we stopped work for the day.  
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 10/18/06 at 00:00:35 - '100_0347a.jpg' 74 KB
Catskill Mtn. RR Brush Cutting Saturday, October 21st  
 
On Saturday, October 21st, Joe Marsh, Steve Kijak and I plan to lead a crew working to clear the line from the west end of the Glenford Siding, about MP 13.75, towards the crane at MP 16. We plan to start about 9:30 am at the end of the West Hurley siding, about MP 10.4, which is about 1,000 feet west of the former station site at about MP 10.2.  
 
West Hurley is 5 miles west on Route 28 from Exit 19 (Kingston) of the NY Thruway. Just before you reach the West Hurley post office, and about 3/10ths mile after the stoplight at Zena Rd, turn left onto a small dirt road leading into the woods. At the end of the road, after about ¼ mile, turn right and proceed along a dirt road about 1000 feet, until the road reaches a small turnaround by the siding. We will park in this area.  
 
Once we reach the crane at Ashokan, we will clear room for a siding there(heavy chain saw work). Earl asked that the East end switch be placed 100-150 feet east of the DEP crossing where the crane now sits. We will also need to cut some trees just west of the crane.  
 
After that, we will run to MP 6 to make sure the line from Hurley Mountain Road to the cars is clear, and help Earl put some cribbing under the cars off of 209.  
 
Weather is expected to be sunny with a high of 56 degrees Saturday with a light breeze.  
 
New volunteers are welcome as always.
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 10/15/06 at 01:02:57 - '100_0338b.jpg' 112 KB
On Saturday, October 14th we had a successful time cutting in both Kingston and west of West Hurley. In Kingston we cut three pathways to the cars at 209 from the nearby farmer's field, and we also cleared around the cars, and on the line west of the cars, so cribbing work can start next weekend. Our morning team consisted of George Cook, Chris Bigham, Ed and Eric Palmatier, Dave Baker, Al Johnson, Burr Hubbell, Steve Kijak, myself, and Dick Wilhelm.  
 
After lunch we moved to West Hurley and loaded up George Cook's track car, and a CMRR flat, and went to MP 12 to continue cutting past where last week's crew quit. Dick Wilhelm had to leave, but Steve Gollow and Joe Marsh joined us, increasing our crew to 11.  
 
We cut past the Glenford Siding to about MP 13.75. We believe it will take only one more session to reach the crane at MP 16.2.  
 
This brings our total miles cut for 2006 to 17.8 miles, including today.  
 
More pictures from October 14th can be found here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 09/30/06 at 23:22:52 - '100_0292b.jpg' 103 KB
Catskill Mtn. RR Brush Cutting – Saturday, September 30th  
 
Today we had an eleven man crew cutting the last uncleared track between Kingston and West Hurley. We started at Hurley Mountain Road, MP 5.95, and worked west to MP 7.5, where we quit two weeks ago coming east from Stony Hollow. The crew today consisted CMRR President Earl Pardini, George Cook, Joe Marsh, Steve Kijak, Chris Bigham, Dave Baker, Travis Rapp, Freddie Rasmussen, myself, and two new volunteers, Eric and Ed. Earl brought his backhoe, and George and Joe each brought their track cars.  
 
There were two private driveways that had severe washovers, and Earl cleared them both with the backhoe, plus a couple other smaller washovers. We encountered a broken rail at MP 6.5, and Earl made a special tie out of a log, cutting two cradles for the rails, that held the rails together enough for our track cars to use. A new rail will be put in later.  
 
Once past these driveways the cutting was pretty light up through Siding 7 to MP 7.5, where we stopped two weeks ago, coming east from Stony Hollow. The line is now clear from the Kingston shops, MP 2.8 to the end of the Glenford Dike, MP 11.4. We will start there later this month for the final push to clear the last part of the line from Phoenicia to Kingston between MP 11.4 and 16.  
 
After we made it to MP 7.5, Joe and George ran their track cars up to the crossing at Route 28A, MP 8.32, before returning to Hurley Mountain Road.
 
This brings us to 14.75 miles of track cleared so far in 2006.  
 
Pictures from today can be found here.  
 
LINK URL  
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 09/22/06 at 00:10:38 - '100_0105b.jpg' 103 KB
Catskill Mtn. RR Brush Cutting – Saturday, September 23rd
 
On Saturday, September 23rd, Dave Baker and I plan to lead a crew working east of Pine Hill.  We plan to start about 10:00 am at the Pine Hill depot site. We will be cutting east of MP 39.25 and plan to put safety fencing on the Giggle Hollow bridge at MP 38.9.
 
We will be digging out some fill on the tracks at MP 39.4, so bring a shovel if you have one. Otherwise we will be cutting saplings mostly, so chainsaws and big clippers will be most useful.
 
Pine Hill is 35 miles west on Route 28 from Exit 19 (Kingston) of the NY Thruway. Turn left at Elm Creek Street, which will take you to Main Street (old SR 28 ). Turn right (north) on Main. Up the hill, veer left onto Bonnieview, then left on Mill Street. Go up the hill under the RR bridge, and turn right onto Station Road.  We will meet at the Station Road crossing, where the rails have been removed.
 
Weather is expected to be sunny with a high of 66 degrees Saturday with a light breeze.
 
New volunteers are welcome as always.
 
 
Ernie Hunt
 


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 09/16/06 at 23:41:51 - '100_0238b.jpg' 95 KB
Today we had a good crew and a productive day. We started just east of the RR overpass over Beesmer Road, MP 8.95, went through the Route 28A crossing at Stony Hollow, and ended at MP 7.5. We only have 1.5 miles left to Hurley Mountain Road, MP 6, and the next 1/2 mile, to MP 7, is already very clear.  
 
Our crew today consisted of George Cook, who brought his track car, Travis Rapp, Chris Bigham, Steve Kijak, Dave Baker, and myself. A few members of the Trolley Museum came by after lunch to see how we were doing.  
 
Pictures from today can be found here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 09/12/06 at 16:59:40 - '100_0218a.jpg' 103 KB
Catskill Mtn. RR Brush Cutting – Saturday, September 16th  
 
On Saturday, September 16th, Chris Bigham, George Cook and I plan to lead a crew working to clear the line east of Beesmer Road starting at 9am at about MP 8.95. Our goal is to reach the Route 28A crossing at MP 8.32. George Cook has volunteered his track car and will make runs up to the Glenford Dike, MP 11, on breaks.  
 
Beesmer Road is about 4 miles west on Route 28 from Exit 19 (Kingston) of the NY Thruway. Just before you reach the Harley Davidson Dealership (west side of SR 28 ), turn left onto Beesmer Road and proceed west about 4/10th mile to where the railroad crosses the line on a concrete overpass. We will park on the east side of the overpass.  
 
Weather is expected to be sunny with a high of 79 degrees Saturday with a light breeze.  
 
New volunteers are welcome as always.  
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 09/09/06 at 22:59:12 - '100_0210a.jpg' 107 KB
On Saturday, September 9th, we had a six-man crew cutting brush from the Beesmer Road overpass, MP 8.98, west to MP 9.4, where we stopped cutting last week. The crew consisted of George Cook, Steve Kijak, Chris Bigham, Dave Baker, Travis Rapp, who is also a volunteer for the Trolley Museum in Kingston, and myself.  
 
We cut through heavy pine trees west of the Beesmer Road bridge, which lessened as we entered the cut on the tangent to West Hurley, though we had one more section of pine trees between MP 9.3 and MP 9.4. We also cut a little on the east side of the bridge, to MP 8.95. It was a warm day, and we were pretty tired by lunchtime. We now have a 2.5 mile stretch open on this segment of the line to MP 11.4.  
 
After lunch the crew cut a few hundred feet west from the Route 28A crossing at Stony Hollow, MP 8.32, before breaking up early to attend the CMRR volunteer party in Phoenicia.  
 
We plan to continue cutting on our next session to the Route 28A crossing at Stony Hollow, MP 8.32, about 6/10ths of a mile. Out next session is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th.  
 
Pictures of our cutting today are found here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
EH

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 09/06/06 at 22:30:06 - '100_0203a.jpg' 89 KB
Catskill Mtn. RR Brush Cutting Saturday, September 9th  
 
On Saturday, September 9th, Steve Kijak, George Cook and I plan to lead a crew working to clear the line east and west of Beesmer Road. We plan to start about 9:00 am at the Beesmer Road overpass, MP 8.98.  
 
Beesmer Road is about 4 miles west on Route 28 from Exit 19 (Kingston) of the NY Thruway. Just before you reach the Harley Davidson Dealership (west side of SR 28 ), turn left onto Beesmer Road and proceed west about 4/10th mile to where the railroad crosses the line on a concrete overpass. We will park on the east side of the overpass.  
 
Weather is expected to be sunny with a high of 81 degrees Saturday with a light breeze.  
 
We are tentatively planning our next session on Saturday, September 16th.  
 
As always, any new volunteers are welcome!  
 
Ernie Hunt


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 09/04/06 at 23:47:46 - '100_0194b.jpg' 114 KB
Today we had a six man crew cutting east of MP 10.1 and cut to MP 9.4, making 7/10ths of a mile. Many thanks to George Cook who brought is track car, Burr Hubbell, Chris Bigham, Steve Kijak, and our new volunteer, Matt Giardino.  
 
Today we cut through the deep curved cut from MP 9.9 to 9.7, where many spectacular photos were taken in the past.  
 
The track is now clear from MP 9.4 to MP 11.4, making 2 full miles clear in this section of the line. We have 3.4 miles to open before we get to the western end of our clearing in Kingston at MP 6.  
 
Photos from today are posted here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 08/20/06 at 00:04:19 - '100_0137b.jpg' 98 KB
Yesterday, Friday, August 18th, Dave Baker and I spent half a day cutting about 300 feet of saplings off the line east of Pine Hill at about MP 39.3, and continued to dig out the fill at MP 39.4.  
 
Today, Saturday, August 19th, Dave Baker, Chris Bighan, Al Johnson and I started clearing out the siding at West Hurley (about MP 10.4). This kicked off our fall brush-cutting, starting work on the uncleared MP 6 to 16 segment.  
 
We cleared the switch and siding and continued clearing the line west to MP 10.9. Beyond that, the line crosses the Glenford Dike, and this 1/2 mile of track on the dike had been previously cleared by the DEP.  
 
Afterwards, we started working east from MP 10.4, and got to MP 10.3, where we will start next time.  
 
In all we cleared about 6/10ths mile of main line and 1/10th mile of siding today.  
 
Here are some pictures from today and Friday:  
 
 
LINK URL  
 
Below is the siding after we finished  clearing.
 
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 08/17/06 at 08:53:57 - 'West_Hurley.jpg' 105 KB
Catskill Mtn. RR Brush Cutting – Saturday, August 19th  
 
On Saturday, August 19th, Dave Baker, Chris Bigham and I plan to lead a crew working to clear the West Hurley siding and associated mainline track. We plan to start about 9:45 am near the West Hurley Station site, which is at about MP 10.2. We will start at the end of the siding, which is about 1,000 feet west of the former station site at about MP 10.4.  
 
West Hurley is 5 miles west on Route 28 from Exit 19 (Kingston) of the NY Thruway. Just before you reach West Hurley, and about 3/10ths mile after the stoplight at Zena Rd, turn left onto a small dirt road leading into the woods. At the end of the road, turn right and proceed until you reach the end of the siding, about 1,000 feet west.  
 
Weather is expected to be very pleasant - a high of 81 degrees. As always, any new volunteers are welcome.  
 
Below is a map that will help to find the station site.
 
Ernie Hunt


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 08/12/06 at 17:45:26 - '100_0087b.jpg' 104 KB
Today Dave Baker and I did a little cutting near Pine Hill, extending the cleared track from MP 39.4 to 39.3, and got about 25% of the fill off the tracks at MP 39.4.  
 
Doug Kadow, head of the UDRRHS, stopped by and helped for a couple hours.  
 
Photos from today are here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 07/23/06 at 13:46:12 - 'DSCF1452a.jpg' 95 KB
On Friday, July 21st, Tom Healy led a maintenance run on the line from Andrews Lane, MP 24.9, to the crane at MP 16.3. With him were Steve Kijak, myself, and our visitor from Virginia, Win Goodier. We cut a number of trees on the line, and cleared some fill on the tracks, keeping this section of the line open for sickle bar cutting next month.  
 
On Saturday, July 22nd, I led a 5 man crew east of Pine Hill continuing to open the line towards the Giggle Hollow bridge at MP 38.9. We cut .15 mile from MP 39.55 to 39.4. Heavy rain slowed us down. We have 1/2 mile left to the Giggle Hollow bridge. Our crew consisted of Dave Baker, Chris Bigham, Travis Rapp, myself, and Win.  
 
Photos from these two sessions are posted here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Many thanks to Win for coming all the way from Virginia to help out. Win also cleared with his weed-wacker from Washington Avenue in Kingston to Kingston Plaza, eliminating the new growth from the section we cleared in May.  
 
Below is a picture of Tom Healy in his track car on the Boiceville Bridge, MP 21.3, on Friday.
 
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 07/17/06 at 00:42:41 - 'DSCF1437a.jpg' 111 KB
Today, we had a four man crew cutting east of MP 39.7, Pine Hill. We had only a half day session, but got a lot accomplished. The crew consisted of myself, Dave Baker, Phil Goldstein, and Joe Marsh. We cut to about MP 39.55, cutting a pretty wide swath. We also cleaned out a drainage ditch along the tracks at the request of one of the local homeowners.  
 
Afterwards, we walked down the line to about MP 38.5, and saw the Giggle Hollow bridge, our immediate cutting goal at MP 38.9. The bridge was fine for track cars, but dicey to walk across.  
 
Pictures from today can be found here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 07/12/06 at 20:28:36 - 'DSCF1406a.jpg' 102 KB
Catskill Mtn. RR Brush Cutting – Sunday, July 16th
 
On Sunday, July 16th, Dave Baker,  Phil Goldstein and I plan to lead a crew working east of Pine Hill.  We plan to start about 9:30 am at the Pine Hill depot site. We will be cutting between MP 39.7 and 39.4, to use our chainsaws to catch up with where the brush cutters got on July 1st.  This will be a “short session” – we plan to work only through lunchtime or so.
 
The Trolley Museum has lent us their breaker cart to carry our tools to the cutting site.
 
Pine Hill is 35 miles west on Route 28 from Exit 19 (Kingston) of the NY Thruway. Turn left at Elm Creek Street, which will take you to Main Street (old SR Twenty Eight). Turn right (north) on Main. Up the hill, veer left onto Bonnieview, then left on Mill Street. Go up the hill under the RR bridge, and turn right onto Station Road.  We will meet at the Station Road crossing, where the rails have been removed.
 
Below is a photo of the section we will be cutting, looking east from MP 39.6.
 
Ernie Hunt
 


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 07/08/06 at 15:53:21 - 'DSCF1400a.jpg' 99 KB
Today the NARCOA/NERCA track car meet on the Delaware and Ulster was extended from Highmount to Pine Hill on the Catskill Mountain RR, part of the line we recently cleared.  This was the first significant use of this section of the line in 30 years.
 
Below is a picture of some of the track cars turning around at the temporary end of track just before the Station Road crossing in Pine Hill.
 
EH
 


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 07/02/06 at 11:00:45 - 'DSCF1369a.jpg' 116 KB
Ross - thanks for the pictures. You are welcome to join any work party and take pictures.
 
Pontiac - you are correct. I forgot about the segment used by the DO. I believe it was bought by the state for I-88.
 
Here's our current news:
 
Yesterday we had a nine man cutting crew including Freddie Rasmussen and Travis Rapp of the Trolley Mueum, Steve Kijak, Dave Baker, Tom Blanc, Al Johnson, George Cook, John LaBarre and myself. Thanks to George Cook for bringing his motorcar.  
 
We cleaned up the line from Highmount to Pine Hill finishing spots we missed before, and also cleaned up the bridge at MP 39.75, clearing a few hundred feet on the other side to about MP 39.7.  
 
Here are a few pictures from today:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Below is a nice shot of the crew at the furthest reach of our cutting today, MP 39.7.
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 06/17/06 at 23:26:01 - 'DSCF1354a.jpg' 95 KB
Today we had a 6 man crew continuing our cutting east of MP 40.5 between Highmount and Pine Hill. Thanks to George Cook, who brought his motorcar, Chris Bigham, Dave Baker, Travis Rapp and our new volunteer Marlin. And to Phil Goldstein who lent us his breaker-cart.  
 
We cut several feet off the rail to MP 40, and then just enough to squeeze by and get George's motorcar to our destination, Pine Hill, MP 39.8. We also had a visit from Doug Kadow, head of the Ulster & Delaware RR Historical Society, and from Tom Healy of the Catskill Mountain RR.  
 
We will need to do a future cleanup run on this segment, especially the last 2/10ths mile, but the line is now open for track cars from Highmount to Pine Hill. We did this 1.6 mile segment in 3 Saturdays this June.  
 
Here are some pictures of our work today:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Many thanks to all who helped us on this project.  
 
Below is a picture of our motor car arriving in Pine Hill.
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 06/15/06 at 21:58:33 - 'DSCF1333a.jpg' 76 KB
Catskill Mtn. RR Brush Cutting – Saturday, June 17th
 
On Saturday, June 17th, Chris Bigham and I plan to lead a crew continuing our cutting in Highmount east from MP 40.5, where we stopped last time.  We plan to start about 9:30 am.
 
Highmount is about 35 miles west on Route 28 from Exit 19 (Kingston) of the NY Thruway. It is just west of Pine Hill. Please park in Highmount (in front of the post office) and ride down with us on George Cook’s motorcar. We plan to load our equipment on a flat car being provided by Phil Goldstein, and take it down to the “end of track” with the motorcar.
 
If you come late, turn left on Gelli-Curci road in Highmount (the road where the post office is located), take a second left on U&D Turnpike/Van Loan Road, and park about 4/10ths mile down near MP 41 and walk down from there. Alternately, you can park at the former depot site in Pine Hill and walk the 7/10th mile up to where we will be cutting.
 
Since we are cutting 9/10ths mile east of Highmount in an isolated area, I would suggest bringing your own lunch.  
 
This part of the line has mostly saplings – clippers, chainsaws, and brush-cutting tools will be welcome.  As always, any new volunteers are also welcome.  Weather is expected to be very pleasant – sunny with a high of 74 degrees!
 
There is also other work going on on other parts of the line.  Ernie Gehrer will have a team running the weed-wacker car from Phoenicia south starting at 10am.  John LaBarre and Phil Goldstein will be working on the Bobber restoration in Arkville (a UDRRHS project) and Doug Kadow will be leading a cleanup of the Roxbury Depot, also at 10am (another UDRRHS project).  While Ernie and John do not need additional volunteers (you can stop by to see them if you wish), Doug could use additional help, even for only part of the day, at the Roxbury Depot in Roxbury.
 
Below is a photo of what we will be cutting Saturday! There are rails under there!
 
Ernie Hunt


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 06/11/06 at 00:31:22 - 'DSCF1327a.jpg' 94 KB
Today we cut over 7/10ths of a mile east of Highmount towards Pine Hill. We completely cut the first horseshoe curve, and started on the second. We started at MP 41.18 and ended about MP 40.5. There are only 7/10ths of a mile left to Pine Hill, MP 39.8, but it will be tough going as the saplings are thick.  
 
We had a 6 man crew today, and many thanks to Steve Kijak, Dick Wilhelm, Dave Baker, Joe Marsh, and Neil Maizner for a lot of hard work. Doug Kadow, president of the Ulster & Delaware RR Historical Society, stopped by to give moral support.  
 
We are tentatively scheduling another session cutting on June 17th.  
 
Pictures from today are posted here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Below is a photo of the first horseshoe curve, looking east from about MP 40.8.
 
EH

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 06/07/06 at 11:30:41 - 'DSCF1302a.jpg' 93 KB
Last Saturday we started cutting brush at Highmount, the far end of the Catskill Mountain RR, working east from MP 41.35, getting to about MP 41.18, just past the location of a former bridge over the ROW. It was tough going - it rained most of the day, and the area suffered from poor drainage, so we got double wet. There was alot of brush and relatively big trees (4-5 inches) as this segment of the line has not been traversed by a rail vehicle in 15 to 20 years.  
 
The next segment, however, looks to be only saplings, so should go faster.  We will be back cutting in Highmount on Saturday, June 10th, at 9:30am.
 
Our plan is to clear the "horsehoe curve" to Pine Hill, MP 39.7, over the summer, about 1.5 miles, in time for the Catskill Rail Fair on October 7th. Later we plan to open up this segment of the line down to Big Indian, MP 36.4. At that point there will be only 8.6 miles to Phoenicia, the active part of the CMRR line.
 
Photos from Saturday are posted here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
A photo of our work is below (MP 41.18 looking west); note the whistle post on the right:
 
EH


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 05/29/06 at 22:29:54 - 'DSCF1260a.jpg' 97 KB
Today we had a 6 man crew finishing the last 200 feet in Kingston. We started early, at 8:30am, and finished at 1pm to avoid the late afternoon heat (it went up to 88 today). Many thanks to Joe Marsh, George Cook, Chris Bigham, Freddie Rasmussen, and our new volunteer, Neil Maizner.  
 
This concludes our brush cutting in Kingston. We opened up a total of 1.6 miles in Kingston this year in 10 sessions, and the tracks are now open from MP 3, the Kingston shops, to just past Hurley Mountain Road, MP 6. The weeds are growing up fast where we cut, and the CMRR will be spraying this segment of the line in late summer to keep the weeds in check.  
 
Many thanks to all who helped on this less than glamorous project. The CMRR is very thankful for all your efforts, as this work helps the railroad in its relationship with the City of Kingston.  
 
Next Saturday June 3rd we start our summer cutting in Highmount at 10am. Highmount is much cooler that Kingston, and the obstructions are saplings rather than brush, which makes for much more pleasant summer cutting!  
 
Pictures of our work today can be found here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Below is a photo of the finished clearing near Washington Avenue.
 
Ernie Hunt

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 05/24/06 at 16:45:22 - 'DSCF1127a.jpg' 69 KB
Catskill Mtn. RR Brush Cutting – Monday, May 29th and Saturday, June 3rd
 
On Monday, May 29th, Joe Marsh and I will be leading a crew to finish cutting the last 200 feet of brush in Kingston, meeting behind the Ulster County Savings bank just east of Washington Avenue. Joe will bring his track car, and we plan to ride it on all the cleared Kingston trackage later in the day. We plan to start at 10am.
 
On Saturday, June 3rd, John LaBarre, Joe Marsh and I plan to start cutting in Highmount towards Pine Hill at 10am. We will meet at the eastern end of the run-around in Highmount, just off Route 28. Joe also plans to bring his track car for this session.
 
For both brush-cutting sessions - any new volunteers are welcome!
 
FYI, there is a "brief" on Railway Preservation News about our work cutting brush last spring. See LINK URL .
 
Below is a photo of the last 200 feet in Kingston!
 
Ernie Hunt
 


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 05/06/06 at 23:24:29 - 'DSCF1105a.jpg' 92 KB
Today we had a seven man crew helping to finish up the ROW between Ashokan (MP 16.3) and Cold Brook (MP 22.1). We widened the ROW to a 19 foot width for nearly the entire length. Though we went all the way to Ashokan, most of our work was concentrated around MP 21 where the ROW was a little tight.  
 
Our crew today consisted of our foreman, Ernie Gehrer, George Liucci, Steve Gollow, Dick Wilhelm, Steve Kayak, Harold Oakhill, and myself. Congratulations to all the volunteers who worked hard to reopen this stretch of track over the past three months.  
 
Photos of our work today, plus some pictures of the Phoenicia yard can be found here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Tomorrow, May 7th, we will start in Kingston at 10am just east of Washington Avenue, to finish the last 500 feet there. As before, any new volunteers are welcome!  
 
Below is a photo of some of us working today.
 
EH

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 05/05/06 at 01:04:49 - 'DSCF1087a.jpg' 130 KB
Catskill Mountain RR Brush Cutting – Saturday, May 6th and Sunday May 7th  
 
On Saturday, May 6th, we will meet just west of Cold Brook Station (MP 22.1), near the old iron bridge, about 10:00 am.  
 
We will load our equipment onto the MOW train there and proceed east to the crane at Ashokan (MP 16.3).  We will then return to Cold Brook, catching any spots we missed over the past few weeks.  Be sure to bring your lunch.  
 
The directions to Cold Brook station are to take Route 28 west from Kingston to Boiceville; at Boiceville take Route 28A west across the Esopus and over the railroad overpass; after the overpass go right (north) on Cold Brook Road about 1/2 mile to the station. Please park west of the station (it is not owned by the CMRR) anywhere west of the orange survey marker up to the old iron bridge.
 
 
On Sunday, May 7th, we will organize a second work crew in Kingston to complete our clearing project there (about 500 feet is left to cut).  We plan to start from the rear of the Ulster Savings Bank, 180 Schwenck Avenue, at 10:00 am, and work west towards Washington Avenue. Forecast is mostly sunny with a high of 64 degrees, so good cutting weather!
 
Directions to our parking, from the Thruway are: Leave the Thruway at Exit 19, and proceed to the traffic circle. Follow the signs to Washington Avenue. Drive south 4/10ths of a mile, and just after crossing the CMRR tracks, turn left into the Ulster Savings Bank parking lot. Proceed to near the rear of the lot.  We will park there as they are closed on Sundays. We will start at the far end by the switch (MP 4.26, where we stopped last time) and work back towards Washington Avenue (MP 4.37).
 
As before, please bring whatever brush cutting tools you feel comfortable working with, clippers, weed eaters, brush cutters, chainsaws, etc.  Any new volunteers are welcome.
 
Below is a photo of where we will be starting in Kingston on Sunday.
 
EH
 


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 05/01/06 at 00:08:39 - 'DSCF1085a.jpg' 117 KB
Today we had a 6 man crew battling the remaining thick brush in Kingston. Thanks to Chris Bigham, John LaBarre, Freddie Rasmussen, Ron Epstein, and Joe Marsh for helping out today.  
 
We managed to clear the track from MP 4.26, the switch for the former Kingston yard, to MP 4.15 where we quit last time, about 500 feet. Additionally, we cleared a 150 foot siding that paralleled the main in this area. It was really hard work, but needed to be done. All that is now left in Kingston is about 550 feet between the switch and Washington Avenue (MP 4.37).  
 
Pictures from our work today can be seen here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
We are tentatively planning to come back next Sunday to finish up; I will post information on this and our planned reservoir clean up on Saturday by next Thursday, May 4th.  
 
Below is a photo of our crew towards the beginning of the day.
 
EH

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 04/29/06 at 23:05:57 - 'DSCF1076a.jpg' 89 KB
Today we had an amazing day cutting on the CMRR. We started with a big crew - Ernie Gehrer, our foreman, George Liucci, Tom Healy, Dick Wilhelm, Bill K, Dave Baker, George Cook, Al Johnson, John LaBarre, Joe Marsh, newcomer Steve Kayak, and myself. We left Cold Brook (MP 22.1) about 10:15, and arrived at MP 19, where we stopped last time, about 10:30am.
 
After an initial dense forest of white pine trees, and a huge white pine across the tracks, the trees started thinning out as we got to the "soft spot" in the tracks at MP 18.75. Pushing further, we reached the partial washout at Butternut Cove, MP 18.56, about 1pm and had lunch.
 
After that, the line cleared considerably. We made MP 18 a little before 3pm, and kept pushing further, reaching MP 17 about 4:30 pm. We decided to make the crane at MP 16.3, and arrived there at 5:20pm.
 
In all, we made 2.7 miles today, a record. This means we have opened up 4.5 miles on the reservoir this spring. The line is now passable by track cars from MP 16.3 (Ashokan) to Phoenicia (MP 27.5), over 11 miles.
 
Next week we plan to work again on this section, on Saturday, May 6th, starting at Cold Brook, returning to Ashokan, and slowly work back to Cold Brook, to catch any spots we missed on the prior weekends. I will post the exact time on this forum by Thursday night, May 4th.
 
Thanks to all the volunteers for making this happen! Here are the photos from today:
 
LINK URL
 
 
Remember, we will be meeting in Kingston tomorrow at 10am to wrap up our cutting project there, with the last 1000 feet between Washington Avenue and Kingston Plaza. Any new volunteers are welcome. Directions to where we are meeting are detailed in an earlier post.
 
Below - a photo of our arrival at Ashkan Station!
 
EH
 


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 04/26/06 at 19:57:43 - 'DSCF1056a.jpg' 99 KB
Catskill Mountain  RR Brush Cutting – Saturday, April 29th and Sunday April 30th
 
On Saturday, April 29th, we will meet just west of Cold Brook Station (MP 22.1), near the old iron bridge, about 10:00 am.
 
We will load our equipment onto the MOW train there and proceed east to where we stopped at the last cutting, MP 19.0.  We hope to cut past MP 18.6, the washout at Butternut Cove.  The section we will be cutting is part of a long straight section of track before the line makes its final turn to Shokan.  Be sure to bring your lunch.  
 
The directions to Cold Brook station are to take Route 28 west from Kingston to Boiceville; at Boiceville take Route 28A west across the Esopus and over the railroad overpass; after the overpass go right (north) on Cold Brook Road about 1/2 mile to the station. Please park west of the station (it is not owned by the CMRR) anywhere west of the orange survey marker up to the old iron bridge.  
 
On Sunday, April 30th, we will organize a second work crew in Kingston, to complete our clearing project there.  We plan to start from the rear of the Ulster Savings Bank, 180 Schwenck Avenue, at 10:00 am, and work west towards Washington Avenue. Forecast is sunny with a high of 64 degrees, so good cutting weather!
 
Directions to our parking, from the Thruway are: Leave the Thruway at Exit 19, and proceed to the traffic circle. Follow the signs to Washington Avenue. Drive south 4/10ths of a mile, and just after crossing the CMRR tracks, turn left into the Ulster Savings Bank parking lot. Proceed as far as you can to the rear of the lot.  We will park there as they are closed on Sundays. We will start at the far end by the switch (MP 4.26) and work back towards Washington Avenue (MP 4.37).
 
As before, please bring whatever brush cutting tools you feel comfortable working with, clippers, weed eaters, brush cutters, chainsaws, etc.  Any new volunteers are welcome.
 
The photo below shows where we will be starting in Kingston.
 
EH


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 04/23/06 at 19:33:18 - 'DSCF1057a.jpg' 72 KB
Today Chris Bigham and I cut about 275 feet in Kingston at the western end of the Kingston Plaza Shopping Center. It rained the whole time, so we were pretty limited in what we could do, but it helped us to reduce the remaining track to be cleared in Kingston to about 1000 feet between where we stopped today and Washington Avenue (there is a small amount left by the Holiday Inn as well).  
 
Pictures of the track we cleared today are posted here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
We are planning to work in Kingston next Sunday, April 30th, to try to finish the last 1000 foot section, getting the line completely clear in Kingston for the first time in many years.  
 
Below is a photo of what we cut today.
 
EH

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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 04/22/06 at 19:30:11 - 'DSCF1034a.jpg' 102 KB
Re: Catskill Mtn. RR Brush Cutting – Saturday, April 22nd  
 
Today we had wet weather - we all had to wear our rainsuits! We did cut over 1800 feet, and made it to Milepost 19. The area we were cutting, "Siding 19", which formerly had a siding and telegraph office, was hard to recognize as such. I did find the ruins of the foundation of the telegraph office.
 
About where the old telegraph office was, we had a gauge problem - the rails were about 5 inches too narrow. George Cook, a former railroader, came to the rescue with a hydraulic jack, and with a log he used this to pry apart the rails. Since the ties were bad here, we had to use small logs as gauge bars!  
 
After the narrow track, we went over a section of the track that was passable, but on settled fill (at 1008 +98 - the CMRR repaired this area several years ago after a beaver dam caused a washout).  
 
Then we got to a thick pine forest that really slowed us down. We quit at Milepost 19.  
 
I walked ahead, and the thick trees continue for 300 feet, then start thinning out considerably. At MP 18.75, I saw the Butternut Cove washout, where the track is passable due to cribbing installed by the CMRR.  
 
After that the brush and trees thin out more. We will be back here next Saturday, April 29th, to push through this area, and we hope to cover a lot more ground.  
 
In the meantime, we are meeting in Kingston tomorrow (10am at Kingston Plaza, west end), to wrap up our cutting project there. Please come by and volunteer! Details were given in my earlier posts.  
 
Here are our photos from today:  
 
LINK URL  
 
Photo below - shows us at the start of the day.
 
EH
 
 
 


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 04/21/06 at 14:32:04 - 'DSCF0668a.jpg' 92 KB
CMRR Brush Cutting – Sunday, April 23rd
 
Chris Bigham and I will be organizing a work party on Sunday to cut further in Kingston (this will be in addition to the work session on the reservoir on Saturday, April 22nd).  We plan to start from the west corner of the Kingston Plaza Shopping center at 10:00 am.
 
Directions to our parking, from the Thruway are: Leave the Thruway at Exit 19, and proceed to the traffic circle. Follow the signs to Washington Avenue. Proceed south 1/2 mile, to Hurley Avenue (a stoplight), and make a left turn. Proceed another 1/4 mile and turn left at the stoplight into Kingston Plaza (and across the CMRR tracks). Turn left again and go to the end of the parking area (about MP 4.1).  
 
We plan to clear the line westwards towards Washington Avenue (MP 4.4) in the morning, and after lunch finish up the Holiday Inn section (MP 4.4 to 4.5), where we quit last time.  As always, any new volunteers are welcome!
 
Below is a photo of the area we will be cutting Sunday.
 
EH


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Re: Kingston NY - Catskill Branch (NYC) questions - By eehiv on 04/16/06 at 20:58:49 - 'DSCF1024a.jpg' 115 KB
Last Saturday, April 15th, we had a crew of 9 cut 2100 feet along the reservoir from MP 19.8 to MP 19.4. The line now runs straight for about a mile, through the small washout at Butternut Cove, MP 18.6, and then turns towards Ashokan, MP. 16.2. See photo below of where we will be starting next.
 
Pictures of our work today can be seen here:  
 
LINK URL  
 
We plan to work again on the reservoir next Saturday, April 22nd, and the tentative time is set for 9:45 am west of Cold Brook Station. I will confirm the details next Thursday, April 20th.  
 
 
EH

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Re: Campbell Hall - By lt230s on 03/13/06 at 16:01:11 - 'ejgderailment6.jpg' 55 KB
Here's another of the derailment.
Picture by Times Herald-Record/JEFF GOULDING


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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 02/22/06 at 12:05:03 - 'nsns.jpg' 146 KB
It appears vandals struck this engine.  The long hood cab window was smashed.  There was police tape strewn around the handrails as well.  Since this happened, NS has been keeping the power out of sight, either buried in the yard or blocked by freightcars at the station.  

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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 02/22/06 at 12:00:30 - 'ch_ns.jpg' 110 KB
Some more CH musings.......
 
Here a pair of GP38-2's drill cars at Campbell Hall on Saturday 2/18/06

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Re: Along the Housatonic - By Charlie_O on 08/22/05 at 15:52:13 - 'HOU_3602_Xing.jpg' 130 KB
And on thru the crossing...


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Re: Along the Housatonic - By Charlie_O on 08/22/05 at 15:50:29 - 'HOU_3602_Canaan.jpg' 176 KB
Later in the week we drove south to Canaan CT, the heart of the Housatonic, and again found #3602 hard at work, this time as a switcher.  Here she is, moving tank cars past Canaan's Union Station.

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Re: Along the Housatonic - By Charlie_O on 08/22/05 at 15:48:29 - 'HOU_3602_Lee.jpg' 159 KB
The next day found us in Lee, shopping for supplies, when we heard the familiar sound of an airhorn at the crossing.  Naturally we chased (my wife's favorite part of fanning), and we were able to get ahead of the southbound train NX-12 headed down from Pittsfield (the Housatonic still uses the train symbols used by the New Haven along this line).
 
I later learned that 3-unit lashes of this kind on the "Housey" are rare.  The second unit is a not often seen GP9.  
 
Here they come...smokin it up...

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Re: Along the Housatonic - By Charlie_O on 08/22/05 at 15:44:56 - 'BerkshireScenic_yard.jpg' 148 KB
This shot gives you a view of the yard, including some of the Berkshire Scenic's passenger equipment...

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Re: Along the Housatonic - By Charlie_O on 08/22/05 at 15:43:59 - 'HOU_9935.jpg' 171 KB
...as well as the Housatonic's RS3m...

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Re: Along the Housatonic - By Charlie_O on 08/22/05 at 15:43:01 - 'BerkshireScenic_8619.jpg' 168 KB
An ex-NYC SW-8 was also in attendance...

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Re: Along the Housatonic - By Charlie_O on 08/22/05 at 15:42:15 - 'BerkshireScenic_57.jpg' 178 KB
A GE 50-tonner was also on hand...

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Along the Housatonic - By Charlie_O on 08/22/05 at 15:41:26 - 'BerkshireScenic_954.jpg' 162 KB
My wife and I recently returned from a camping trip in western Massachusetts, an area I highly recommend for its scenic beauty.  To my surprise and pleasure, the region is also home to the Housatonic Railroad, a rugged and scenic shortline with the charm of the Reading & Northern and the guts of the Lehigh & Hudson River.    
 
At our first stop, we stumble upon the yard of the Berkshire Scenic Railway, recently revived by the Housatonic as a weekend-only excursion line between the towns of Lee and Stockbridge MA.  Tho the line was not running that day, I was able to photo some of the equipment.
 
We'll start with something for the Alco lovers... a vintage S-1.


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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 11/08/04 at 13:16:27 - '6711gp60.jpg' 73 KB
Nice pose of a GP60

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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 10/31/04 at 09:47:33 - 'wc.jpg' 95 KB
A week later and look who shows up.  Nice lashup here, would have loved to seen them pulling a freight.  The emblem on this one is whited out.  Sorry, I don't have any info on these, my guess is lease, but there were no marks on them. Seen with SD40-2 NS3440 10/30/04

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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 10/31/04 at 09:43:39 - 'wc1.jpg' 99 KB
as promised

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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 03/20/04 at 09:38:38 - 'ns5051.jpg' 188 KB
OK, so not a bad morning today.  Safety cabs yes, but not in black.  Plus these other treats

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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 03/20/04 at 09:36:09 - 'ns5006.jpg' 182 KB
or a high hood  
gp38-2, for that matter

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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 03/20/04 at 09:34:42 - 'ns4628.jpg' 193 KB
If you were a fan of Conrail, you never got a chance to witness these locomotives.  A low nose GP59

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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 03/20/04 at 09:32:36 - 'ns9814.jpg' 174 KB
sister 9814

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Campbell Soup - By Bob on 03/20/04 at 09:30:21 - 'ns9817.jpg' 184 KB
Another hodge podge of locomotives.
 
Some new GE's in primer

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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 11/17/03 at 20:56:12 - '5119.jpg' 180 KB
Here's the 5119 High Hood GP38-2 switching with the GP15-1.  Note the "No Tresspassing" signs.   These were recently placed on each end of the pedestrian blacktop.  It's tempting to continue walking to get a better photo op, but not worth the risk!

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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 11/10/03 at 08:51:32 - 'gp15_1.jpg' 209 KB
A GP15 - 1 in great shape.  This was a cold Saturday morning!

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Re: Yes, another "Guess Where" from NJ Railfan - By Bob on 09/23/03 at 20:48:59 - 'tr.jpg' 74 KB
.  As you drive down from 9W towards Piermont, you pass it on your left at the sharp bend.  I just happened to notice it in my rear view mirror! This pic circa 1909 from the Syracuse on line library

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Re: Yes, another "Guess Where" from NJ Railfan - By Bob on 09/13/03 at 07:20:16 - 'Dsc00078.jpg' 389 KB
Guess Where

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Yes, another "Guess Where" from NJ Railfan - By NJ Railfan on 07/30/03 at 16:56:57 - 'guesswhere_CR1930.jpg' 74 KB
May 1996

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Hercules - By DannyR on 04/29/03 at 12:08:30 - 'Hercules.jpg' 55 KB
A couple of photographs taken by my parents several years ago while traveling through New England. Unfortunately, I do not know the exact location of this locomotive. Saddle Tank engine Hercules.

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Re: What is it? - By Bob on 04/07/03 at 09:06:34 - '906.jpg' 198 KB
right again  

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What is it? - By Bob on 04/06/03 at 13:54:33 - 'what_is_it64.jpg' 244 KB


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Re: CP22 - By Bob on 03/18/03 at 20:45:13 - '648.jpg' 289 KB
Another one.  This time around 1pm today

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Re: CP22 - By Bob on 02/22/03 at 00:51:57 - 'CP22signal.jpg' 236 KB
twas this  

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Re: CP22 - By Bob on 02/21/03 at 00:41:04 - 'close.jpg' 196 KB
close up

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CP22 - By Bob on 02/21/03 at 00:36:08 - '6341.jpg' 284 KB
 As I approached the crossing, I noticed the distant signal flashing yellow, then to a steady green.  Great!  Train coming!  So I waited........and waited........finally after 55 minutes, this southbound came rushing through.  Blowing loud in Rockland County!  Notice the patchwork on the nose

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Re: River Line Characteristics Chart - By Bob on 02/13/03 at 11:49:27 - 'CSX_7692_alloy_southbound.jpg' 266 KB
Here's another shot from the same location.  I like the ditch lights in this pic  

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NJT? - By Bob on 01/12/03 at 19:55:13 - 'njt_cars.jpg' 142 KB
Found these sitting in the yard at Campbell Hall, NY on Sunday, Jan 5.

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Re: River Line Characteristics Chart - By Bob on 12/13/02 at 07:24:51 - '7343.jpg' 212 KB
an hour later, heading north  

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Re: River Line Characteristics Chart - By Bob on 12/13/02 at 07:23:55 - '612.jpg' 266 KB
Pic taken Dec 12th, 2002 from :QR23.50 Pineview Road GC  
 
Train at QR23.63 Hackensack River Bridge

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Re: Port Jervis - By Bob on 11/21/02 at 07:29:18 - 'port_b23_64.jpg' 334 KB
The B23-7 looks tired in her dress blue  

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Port Jervis - By Bob on 11/21/02 at 07:27:33 - 'port_train2_64.jpg' 288 KB
Eastbound train sits patiently as maintenance workers occupy the tracks at the commuter station  

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Re: Campbell Hall - By Bob on 11/11/02 at 08:15:52 - 'ge.jpg' 259 KB
GE Locos.....It's like buying an appliance  


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Campbel Hal - By Bob on 11/10/02 at 23:41:43 - 'Conrail.jpg' 372 KB
Conrail Blue

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NS Where is it? - By Bob on 11/02/02 at 11:51:06 - 'NS_4145.jpg' 408 KB
This one's a toughie, I know


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