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“Good way to spend a rainy day”

Delaware & Ulster Railroad
Ranked #2 of 4 things to do in Arkville
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Owner description: Welcome to the Delaware & Ulster Railroad, located in the heart of New York State's legendary Catskill Mountains. The D&U is an excursion train that combines railroad nostalgia with scenic rides. Step back in time as you board the historic D&U. Your journey will include an ever changing landscape while you enjoy a leisurely ride along the pristine waters of the East Branch of the Delaware River. The Arkville depot offers a terrific exhibit chronicling the important role the railroad played in the development of the region. There's a gift shop that offers a unique shopping experience that will help commemorate your trip or delight someone special who is waiting for your return.
Reviewed 31 October 2011

Our family has gone on the railway many times. Good fun and a great way to spend time on a rainy day.

Thank Jeffbklyn
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Reviewed 6 August 2011

I took this train ride on a Saturday afternoon. It was an absolute bargain as these excursions go ($12 for an adult, $9 for seniors, $7 for kids). The ride through the Catskills is beautiful and you pass by farms, a small village, roadways, a junkyard, cornfields, and lakes. The roundtrip takes 2 hours. You ride on vintage New York Central cars or you can ride on open cars that are like flatcars with benches on them. Not many people went outside because it was raining quite hard but a few adventurous souls (with raincoats) did go out for a while. You can watch the train snake in front of you as it curves around the tracks. The stopover at Roxbury, approximately 12 miles away was a bit lengthy but you can get something to eat or drink and the people at that depot's museum are very pleasant. Port-a-potties are available at Roxbury while you have full-service restrooms at Arkville. Some would complain that there is no tour guide speaking over a PA as you ride along. I found it to be relaxing just to hear the clatter of the tracks and the horn of the locomotive. Many people came out to their backyards to wave at us as the train passed through. At first I was disappointed that it rained but later thought that this is an excellent activity for a rainy day if you really don't care about not using the open cars. Also, you can photograph their collection of rolling stock at Arkville.

4  Thank bravefilius
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Reviewed 3 November 2009

We have two boys, age 5 and 3 - both are "Train Boys." We've been on the D&U over each of the last two summers, and had wonderful trips! The rolling stock are fun old time passenger cars, and a nice open flatcar too for taking in the truly beautiful scenery. There is nothing better than a train ride, and no place better than in the beautiful Catskills Mountains. The ride runs from Arkville to Roxbury, and there is an interesting depot with displays in Roxbury. We learned a lot about the history of the area; how people used to come for the summer on the train and stay on farms; how milk used to be sent by train from the Catskills to New York City. The same gentleman was there both times conducting the talk. We just went back for another ride last weekend because our son was turning 5 and he picked a ride on the Rip Van Winkle Flyer over a birthday party. We dined in a beautiful diner car that had observation windows all around the front of the train. And we spent time too in the "Tavern Car" which was just beautiful. The food was delicious. Conductor Dave and the crew went out of their way to make it a very special day and we went home with memories for a lifetime. Anyone who enjoys trains, or beautiful scenery, or is looking for an out of the ordinary fun experience to share with friends or loved ones, will enjoy a ride on the Delaware & Ulster.

5  Thank gpelavin
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Reviewed 19 October 2009

My wife and I went with another couple on October 4th 2009.
We were greated by the conductor Dave....We boarded first since we were first class passangers.
I thought this gave the train experence even more valve...The way it was back then.
We arrived in our dinning car which was so nice.
Our waiter was right there to attend to our needs. The meal was first class and service was outstanding.
Our 2 hour ride with lunch was the way to go....
After we had our meal we walked back to the tavern car...Everyone should take this ride and enjoy it.
Can not wait till Spring so I may take my in-laws on this train.
Enjoy .

Thank Tony13757
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Reviewed 13 September 2009

Rode the Delaware & Ulster RR last Sunday, Sept. 6th. I've ridden it before, and thought my wife would enjoy the scenic ride in one of their open air cars, especially since the weather was excellent. Again, because it was a beautiful afternoon, we opted for the regular fare instead of first class. The first class ride is more than double the amount in 1950s era stainless steel cars and includes beverage service, air conditioning, etc. The regular fare allows you to sit in either open flat cars for better viewing the scenery, or old enclosed open-window coaches.

Before our trip at 2 PM, the paying passengers gathered on the station platform to board the train. There were no attendants from the railroad to inform us where & when to board the train. Therefore, everyone crowded by the lone entrance on station platform, making it practically impossible to move, see, or hear anything. Finally, at the last moment, someone from the railroad that looked like a teenager opened the gate to let everyone board the train. She took our tickets as we boarded, and everyone scrambled for the open flat cars to get a seat. During the ride, there was no narration or description of any of the sights we were seeing, nor were there any attendants from the railroad stopping by to check in and mingle with the passengers. Aside from the natural scenery of the area, the ride offered no atmosphere or added value to the Catskill Mountain experience. For the second half of the trip, my wife and I sat in one of the adjacent old coaches because the open flat cars were filled to capacity. These coaches were disgusting! The windows were dirty and did not open, and the seats were filthy; the entire car smelled musty and smokey (from the exhaust of the diesel engine). The diesel fumes came in through the open doorways to the car and stayed trapped inside because the windows didn't open. Not once during this time did an attendant from the railroad come through to talk to the passengers and check up on things. We felt like the railroad did not care about the passengers, and had no desire to enhance our experience. At the end of the trip, we bolted out of there and rolled down our window to get some fresh air after nearly being asphyxiated by diesel fumes on board the train. My wife's throat was sore and her eyes burned so badly that she had to remove her contact lenses. I went from feeling enthusiastic about riding the train before boarding to being extremely disappointed and frustrated after our trip. Unless the Delaware & Ulster RR significantly improves the way it operates its tourist train ride, I will not be returning for a visit.

2  Thank jmf7087
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