Spotlight: Delaware & Ulster Railroad
Riding through the Catskill Mountains on a vintage train is a fun way to take in the magnificent views of Delaware County. The Delaware & Ulster Railroad (DURR) offers scenic rides that take you on a leisurely 2-hour excursion from Arkville to Roxbury and back, passing rural hamlets, farmland and world-famous trout streams on the way, framed by panoramic views of the Catskill Mountains. Summertime brings an opportunity to enjoy the ride in an open-air car, while in colder weather, passengers are comfortably seated onboard one of the lounge or observation cars. In the fall, foliage rides are a great way to enjoy the colorful splendor over the mountains.
These historic train rides offer a nostalgic glimpse into New York’s history. In the first half of the 20th century passenger trains would bring thousands of New Yorkers to the Catskills to vacation in summer camps and resorts. In the mid-1950’s many railroad lines, including the section that makes up the current Delaware & Ulster line, were discontinued due to highway development and an increase in car ownership. The Delaware & Ulster railroad was later revitalized and has served as a tourist railroad since 1983. The pride of the DURR is the Rip Van Winkle Flyer, a glamorous five-car streamline train built in 1948.
Today you can enjoy public excursions, charter services and special events such as light-hearted train robberies, live music and twilight rides. Dinner excursions allow you to dine on traditional railroad recipes from the Golden Age of Railroading. Check our events page or the Delaware & Ulster Railroad official site for a full list of all the train departures and special events they offer.
Delaware & Ulster Railroad
43510 State Route 28, Arkville, NY
Saturdays and Sundays
Memorial Day through the end of October