"Rip Van Winkle Railroads"
Catskill Mountain Railway - Cairo Railroad - Otis Elevating Railway - Catskill and Tannersville Railroad
Haines Corners on the Catskill and Tannersville Railroad. From the collection of P.M. Goldstein.
History of the Catskill Mountain System
Route of the Narrow Gauge Railroads
The Little Locomotives and Equipment
Stories of the Rip Van Winkle Railroads
The Catskill Mountain System was a relatively short lived competitor to the Ulster & Delaware Railroad's route to the Mountaintop Hotels in Greene County. It was built by Charles Beach, and owned by his family, who owned the Catskill Mountain House. Comprising of four seperate companies, the Catskill Mountain Railway, the Cairo Railroad, the Otis Elevating Railway, and the Catskill and Tannersville Railroad, these narrow gauge (3 feet between rails) railroads operated as one system.
Only seasonal operations, they depended on the health of the hotel industry of the Catskills, which was floundering by the 1910s. The entire system was closed in 1918, and torn up in 1919.
Catskill Mountain Railroads