The Ulster & Delaware Railroad Historical Society is a chapter of the NRHS (National Railway Historical Society), focusing on the history of the railroads and related social, economic, and cultural institutions of the Catskill and Hudson Valley regions. That history, which began with the charter of the Catskill & Ithaca Railroad in 1828, encompasses numerous proposed and built railroads and trolley lines within Ulster, Delaware, Greene, Schoharie, Albany and Otsego counties. The railroad companies in our area of concentration include:
- Ulster & Delaware
- Delaware & Eastern/Delaware & Northern
- Wallkill Valley
- Catskill Mountain
- Rondout & Oswego
- New York, Kingston & Syracuse
- Stony Clove & Catskill Mountain
- Hobart Branch Railroad
- Delaware & Otsego
- Catskill Mountain Branch of the New York Central and of Penn Central
- Canajoharie & Catskill
- Cairo Railroad
- Catskill & Tannersville
- Otis Elevating
- Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley
- Middleburgh & Schoharie
- Schoharie Valley
- Rhinebeck & Connecticut
- Delaware & Hudson at and around Oneonta
- New York Central/West Shore at Kingston
Society members come from diverse walks of life but all share a passion for the railroads and the history, industry and natural beauty of the Catskills. Besides railroad fans and historians, we number amongst our members lawyers, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, a botanist and professor of forestry, an archivist and active and retired railroaders.
U&DRRHS Membership benefits:
- Funding of the restoration and preservation of significant rolling stock.
- Maintenance of an archive of historically significant Ulster & Delaware photographs, records, and memorabilia.
- Oral history project to record the recollections of those who ran and those who rode the Ulster & Delaware.
- Rip Van Winkle Flyer, our historical periodical about the Ulster & Delaware and its place in the community.
Interested? Fill out and print our online application (the application requires that you have Adobe® Reader® installed on your computer. This free software is available by clicking this image.