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Catskill Mountain Railroad: the ‘Little Engine that Could'

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Kingston's Santa Claus Winter Holiday Trains were saved in the nick of time today when recordonline reported that the president of the Catskill Mountain Railroad, Harry Jameson, had posted the court-mandated $75,000 bond to Ulster County by the November 29 deadline.

While the case of Ulster County vs. the Catskill Mountain Railroad is still in litigation, by complying with Ulster County Supreme Court Judge Richard Mott’s ruling, the railroad can continue to run on tracts leased from the county. County executive Mike Hein has been trying to break that lease so he could rip up the tracts to sell for scrap and raise money for a rail trail through Kingston to the Ashokan Reservoir.

Until the case is settled, the Catskill Mountain Railroad remains the ‘Little Engine that Could’. Winter Holiday Trains run on the hour from 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Christmas on a round trip route departing from the Kingston Plaza train station. The train ride is a handicap accessible, 45 minute tour of the City of Kingston, the historic first capital of New York State. Tickets cost $6 for adults, $4 for children.

With the train decorated with lights and ornaments for the holidays, you can take a fun train ride with Santa Claus. It is a great way to get into the spirit of the season. You’ll introduce your child or grandchild to the joy of an old fashioned train ride while supporting a viable tourist attraction – the only operating passenger rail system in Ulster County, and one of the few remaining tourist railroads left in the state.

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