Cinema Sunday: Rails to the Catskills

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October 13, 2013 2:00 pm
October 13, 2013 5:00 pm
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing, Kingston, NY, 12401, United States

RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS is a history of the dynamic railroad industry in the Catskills.  Catskill railroads have roots in the Delaware & Hudson Canal of the 1820’s and the post Civil War railroad boom.  RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS explores the Catskill & Canajoharie Railroad, the New York Ontario & Western Railroad, the Ulster & Delaware Railroad, the Catskill Mountain Railroad, the Otis Elevating Railway, area trolleys, and tourist railroads.  The feature-length documentary also covers the current rail vs. trail battle over use of the historic Ulster & Delaware tracks running west from Kingston to Highmount.

The film includes historians Eugene Dauner, Dale Flansburg, Robert Haines, John Ham, William Helmer, Evan Jennings, and Bob Mohowski.  RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS uses images from vintage photographs, postcards, rare films, railfan-movies, newspapers and historic archives.  Music is by Dick Staber and Paul Lounsbury.

Filmmaker Tobe Carey has produced and directed popular Catskill and Hudson Valley documentaries, including Deep Water – Building the Catskill Water System (with Robbie Dupree and the late Artie Traum), The Catskill Mountain House and The World Around, Sweet Violets, and Woodstock Summer of ’94.  A complete catalog of Carey’s documentaries is available at

Two excerpts from RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS are on YouTube at  and .

The October 13, 2013, 2PM showing of RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston will be a preview of the work-in-progress. Completion is scheduled for spring 2014. Suggested donation $5 or “pay what you wish.”