Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society

Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society The Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society is a chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society and is an education corporation holding a provisional charter from the Regents of the University of the State of New York.

The Society holds tax-exempt status pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Mission: Our mission as a Society is to research, preserve, interpret, and foster understanding of the history of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad and associated railroads, and of related institutions and enterprises, and their place within the larger culture and economy of the Catskill and Hudson Valley regions of New York State.

Operating as usual

We're offering two more John Ham books. Our first offering is "Rails Along the East Branch The Delaware & Northern Railr...
09/09/2018

We're offering two more John Ham books.

Our first offering is "Rails Along the East Branch The Delaware & Northern Railroad". Only two new shrink-wrapped copies are available, each priced at $65 with free media mail shipping.

Our second book is "Diesels To The High Couuntry New York Central's Catskill Mountain Branch 1948-1976". This book features the color photography of Gene Dauner. Four copies are available. $75 each with free media mail shipping.

Pay with Paypal to [email protected]

Our membership drive continues. A few people have signed up to the resurrected Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Soc...
08/29/2018

Our membership drive continues. A few people have signed up to the resurrected Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society. Sign up now. With your membership, you get issues 46 and 47 of The Rip Van Winkle Flyer, our full-color, professionally-printed newsletter plus membership through December 2019.
But a super bonus is our 52 page issue of The Rip Van Winkle Flyer, “A Colorful View of the Delaware & Eastern”. I have attached a sample page.

And following that in late 2018 will be “Kingston and the West Shore: An Enduring Relationship” with many historic photos, postcards, illustrations and more Gene Dauner photos.
Join now. Sign up via Paypal to

[email protected]

or pay by check to
Ulster & Delaware RR Historical Society
c/o Richard F. Makse
7 Swimming River Ct
Barnegat NJ 08005-5624

08/16/2018

Four new members from our post of a sample page from the Rip Van Winkle Flyer. Great. Thanks for joining.

We're going to keep the ball rolling with an occasional post of historic viewS. While many U&D photos exist in the post U&D period (NYC Central and Penn Central 1932-1976), so much of the U&D's history (and that of other Catskill Mountain railroads) depended on postcards.

Back in Spring 2005, the "Rip Van Winkle Flyer" published a story entitled "Allaben & Shandaken: Depots of the Shandaken Valley". This was the beginning of our focus on U&D villages and hamlets which morphed into RVWF issues entirely devoted to single stations.

Missing from that Shandaken issue was a remarkable postcard I obtained several years back. Here's a thumbnail story, much shortened from the RVWF of 2005.

The depot site at Shandaken frequently flooded and the U&D asked the Public Service Commission for relief and allow the railroad to build a new Shandaken station at Allaben, After considerable debate, the change happened in 1902 but the mail would still be handled at what the U&D designated as "Old Shandaken", a mail crane without a depot. "Old Shandaken" lasted until 1954.

Here's the only known postcard (in my experience), of a mail crane.

Untitled Album
08/16/2018

Untitled Album

The Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society is looking for new members. Some years back, the Society published a n...
08/10/2018

The Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society is looking for new members. Some years back, the Society published a newsletter called the “Rip Van Winkle Flyer”. We are resurrecting that publication, drawing on previously researched but never published information.

Our new issue (#47), just printed (August, 2018) covers “Creameries of Roxbury Township”. The milk business was important to the U&D and our 20-page full-color newsletter features historic postcard views, val maps and latter-day (1960’s) Gene Dauner Kodachromes of scenes along the U&D in New York Central days. Included below is a sample page.

Want to sign up? Membership is $20—you receive a classy credit-card size membership card—and includes issue #47 along with #46 (Down by Roxbury Depot). Membership is good through October, 2019. Our next issue of the Rip Van Winkle Flyer will be our largest effort, “A Colorful View of the Delaware & Eastern”, a nearly-book-like (48 pages) chronicle of this wonderful East Branch of the Delaware shortline.

Sign up via Paypal [email protected] or pay by check to

Ulster & Delaware RR Historical Society
c/o Richard F. Makse
7 Swimming River Ct
Barnegat NJ 08005-5624

Timeline Photos
07/15/2017

Timeline Photos

01/09/2015

When I set up this FB page, I thought the focus was correct. But in greater conformity with the Society's mission, I created "Ulster & Delaware RR and related Catskill Mountain Railroads" as a closed group to more correctly focus on our interests.

There have been some recent posts on "Ulster & Delaware RR and related Catskill Mountain Railroads" so I encourage you to "sign up". And point blank, let me state that this FB page is for serious regional railroaders and historians--FB "group" collectors--and you know who you are--need not apply.

That being said, we have had some excellent activity on "Ulster & Delaware RR and related Catskill Mountain Railroads" and I will be personally active in posting some good stuff.

A cold and soggy but spirited BBQ at Roxbury Saturday but we all kept warm with railroad stories and Society plans in th...
05/27/2013

A cold and soggy but spirited BBQ at Roxbury Saturday but we all kept warm with railroad stories and Society plans in the heated (barely) waiting room of Roxbury's 1871 depot. Even in the rain, we walked south to the ice house siding and viewed the Society's newest acquisition, a side dump car similar in design and age to the type used to build NYC's Ashokan Reservoir.

The U&D was the common carrier that supplied the construction equipment/materials for the contractor's railroad. Two members pooled resources to purchase this car which will be one of the permanent exhibits at Roxbury Depot. Another member donated flat-bed transportation from Monroe County in upstate New York.

The car needs minor structural repairs (within the skill set of a auto body mechanic) plus the restoration of thick planks of oak superstructure that carried fill to build the last of handmade dams.

The railroads of the Catskills played a major role in the construction of New York City's 20th century water system and the Society's car, when fully restored, will capture the history of 100 years ago.

The Society's Calendar of Events for 2013 Season (May through October) can be viewed on our website at www.udrrhs.org Th...
05/03/2013
Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society -- Navigation Menu

The Society's Calendar of Events for 2013 Season (May through October) can be viewed on our website at www.udrrhs.org

The calendar is accessible as the first menu item and can be saved as a PDF file. Print it out and add it to your refrigerator! Lots of great events in the Catskill Mountains that you can attend while visiting our Roxbury Depot along the route of the Delaware and Ulster Railroad.

03/31/2012

All FB friends of the Society are free to post at any time. We will be using FB as a new medium to keep our membership and friends advised of Society events.

Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society's cover photo
03/31/2012

Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society's cover photo

Address

101 Bridge St
Roxbury, NY
12474

General information

The Society staffs the Roxbury Depot Museum Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays during the summer season, Memorial Day Weekend to Columbus Day Weekend. Museum hours are timed to match the arrival and departure times of scheduled train service on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad which operates seasonal excursion service between Arkville, NY and Roxbury. During the peak summer season (July and August), the Museum is also open on Thursdays and Fridays

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A couple of us were throwing around the idea of a Historic Sign. I had sketch one up in 2015. The other individual asked how much to cast one. Of the top of my head I said approximately $1500.00. I commented that 60 rail enthusiast donating $25.oo each and we'd have the $1500. He and I immediately committed to our $25. We are now Soliciting for 58 donors to conrtibute $25 each to have an unofficial "Historic" sign cast. Ask your friends to help out. If you can and want to help please contact me by private FB message. Tentative UC location East side of Rt. 209 crossing ONE SUGGESTION THAT CAUGHT ME BY SURPRISE WAS, "WE SHOULD MAKE 4, ONE FOR EACH COUNTY." Is there someone in Delaware County willing to collect pledges/money for DC? If yes, please contact me through Facebook/messenger. THANKS