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Catskill Mountain cinematographer releases latest film “Rails to the Catskills”

Tobe Carey, creator of the films Deep Water, The Catskill Mountain House and Sweet Violets, announced today that his latest regional history title: “Rails to the Catskills”, will premier on June 1st, at 4 p.m. (with an encore presentation on June 8th) at the Mountain Cinema Doctorow Arts Center, Hunter, N.Y.

Otis Elevated Railroad looking up to the Catskill Mt House - Vintage railroad illustrations from the documentary Rails to the Catskills
Otis Elevated Railroad looking up to the Catskill Mt House - Vintage railroad illustrations from the documentary Rails to the CatskillsTobe Carey

This full-length feature film chronicles Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountain transportation history from the canals of the 1820s, through the small railroad boom that opened the region to industry and tourism in the 19th and 20th centuries, and finally to the last vestiges of this immense history, the Ulster & Delaware RR, that unique to the Catskills tourism magnet that local government seeks to destroy.

Railroads covered in this exhaustive history include: Canajoharie & Catskill, the Catskill Mountain/Otis
Elevating, the Ulster & Delaware, Wallkill Valley, New York West Shore & Buffalo, New York, Ontario & Western, and Delaware & Northern. Additionally, the history of the Delaware & Hudson Canal and the various trollies that served as urban connectors are included for a complete overview of public transportation history in the region.

The film uses photographs, contemporary video, animated maps, rail-fan and vintage films from historical societies, museums, libraries, and private collections to illustrate how vital railroads were and still are to the region’s economy and identity. These images are anchored by interviews with noted railroad historians and photographers, including, Gene Dauner, Dale Flansburg, Bob Haines, John M. Ham, William Helmer, PhD, Evan Jennings, and Robert Mohowski, many of whom are authors in their own right.

Seating is limited. Please contact the premier sponsor, Mountain-Top Historical Society, for tickets. Email director@mths.org or call 518 589-6657.

Willow Mixed Media is a not-for-profit arts organization whose documentaries include films about Catskills/Hudson Valley history and issues of social concern. For more information please contact the author, Tobe Carey. Email tobecarey@gmail.com or call 845 657-2914