The Catskill Mountain Railroad (reporting mark CMRR), is a heritage railroad based in Shokan, New York, United States that began operations in 1983. It leases from Ulster County the former Ulster and Delaware Railroad tracks from Mile Post (MP) 2.8 in Kingston to MP 41.4 in Highmount, where it connects with the Delaware and Ulster Railroad.
Phoenicia to Cold Brook Operations :
The CMRR operates a tourist excursion train from Phoenicia Railroad Station, Phoenicia, MP 27.5 to Cold Brook Railroad Station, MP 22.1. Its trains originate from the former Ulster & Delaware station in Phoenicia, which is also home to the Empire State Railway Museum. Passengers may board trains at Phoenicia or Mount Tremper Railroad Station, MP 25.2. nitially, service was provided by track cars hauling trailers between Phoenicia and Mount Tremper. Realizing that the future lie in conventional railroad equipment hauled by locomotives, two flatcars were rebuilt as open air bench cars to accommodate passengers. A Porter 50-ton switcher was enlisted to haul the expanded consist. A 1922-vintage wooden caboose often (ex-D&H 35952) brought up the rear, and offered additional capacity.
Kingston Operations :
The Catskill Mountain Railroad also has a yard in Kingston, referred to as "Cornell Street Yard." In 2009, a new siding was constructed to expand the yard facilities to allow for the storage and restoration of passenger cars for expanded tourist train operations. Equipment restoration and maintenance takes place in the open air. Since November 2006, volunteers have re-opened 1.8 miles of trackage in Kingston.
The current operable section stretches from Cornell Street (MP 3.0) to the C9 bridge over the Esopus (MP 5.0), which is also the Kingston City Limits, so all track in the city of Kingston has now been rehabilitated. Materials have been acquired to redeck Bridge C9, with the goal of having it inspected and open to rail traffic once more. On December 6, 2008, the railroad inaugurated seasonal shuttle service between Downs Street (MP 3.2) and Washington Avenue (MP 4.37).
A small station and loading platform was constructed off Westbrook Lane (MP 3.78) opposite Kingston Plaza to support passenger operations in 2008. Trains are powered by Alco RS-1 401 (ex-GMRC 401), and consist of converted flatcar 278 (ex-LBR 26) and refurbished caboose 675 (ex-PRR 477672). The critical Washington Avenue crossing was reopened for limited use in 2008, and the track was opened to Bridge C-9 (MP 5) on November 15, 2009. As of August 2009, the regular operating section was extended across Washington Avenue to the Holiday Inn (MP 4.6), and service was extended all the way to Bridge C-9 (MP 5) on December 5, 2009 for the 2009 Kingston Holiday Train.