DURR stokes up for new rail season
The Catskill Mountains spring back to life on Memorial Day weekend, as cars at the Delaware & Ulster Railroad in Arkville chug out of the station once again for a season of fun and adventure.
“Whether you’re a mountain regular or a first time visitor, you haven’t truly experienced authentic mountain life until you and your family enjoy a ride on the rails. You’ll be transported back in time with the rhythmic rumble and clatter that once ferried folks throughout these hills and valleys,” commented Executive Director Dave Riordan.
A train ride was once part of everyday life in the Catskills. The schedule includes two trains every Saturday and Sunday, from Memorial Day through the end of October. Visitors can hop on board for a relaxing, two-hour round trip excursion at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. from Arkville to Roxbury. The DURR is also hosting several special events with modified schedules throughout the summer.
Take the Train back in Time on June 21, July 5, August 31. If you never want to leave the Golden Age of Railroading, then “Railride into Yesteryear” is your dream destination. Riders can truly be transported back to the Catskills of the late 19th century and all its “agreeable pursuits.” Hop aboard the train in Arkville, ride along the scenic East Branch and arrive in the charming, unspoiled hamlet of Roxbury, just as she was 100 years ago, where everything you need is just a stroll away. Or take your seat in the elegant horse drawn coach at the depot for a leisurely tour of Main Street and all her “grand dames.”
Soak in the rich history of this village, home to both naturalist John Burroughs and railroad baron Jay Gould, as student-scholars share fascinating lore about their hometown. Visiting humanities lecturers will provide detailed glimpses into the lifestyles of the 19th century, from humble hearth to highbrow. Come afternoon, you’ll hear a real wooden bat echo off the mountain: find a sunny seat in the bleachers to enjoy vintage base ball, 19th-century style, brought to you by the hometown Roxbury Nine in the magnificent 14-acre Kirkside Park. Plenty of authentic homecooked BBQ and other ballpark treats will keep you cheering all afternoon.
For these three magical Saturdays, your transformation into a Catskills state of mind is guaranteed. Railride into Yesterday is an experiential heritage tourism event funded in part by the “Preserve America” program of the National Parks Service; Roxbury is the smallest hamlet in New York State to have earned this prestigious badge of honor — and your ticket to time travel!
Twilight on the Rails
The season’s first Twilight on the Rails on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad is set for Saturday, July 5 as the train trundles along to the beat of Skip Parsons and the Riverboat Jazz band. On August 5 Thunder Ridge will keep it rolling with classic and contemporary country music. On Saturday of Labor Day weekend the Blues Maneuvers will return for the 10th consecutive year to dazzle all with rockabilly, R&B and real rock and roll.
Tickets are $15 and reservations are recommended. Save your seat by calling the Arkville Depot (845 586-DURR) or (607 652-2821). All trains depart from our Arkville Depot.