After departing Mount Tremper, your ride will be along the Esopus Creek, famed for its scenic beauty and great fishing. You may even spot bald eagles, great blue herons, hawks, deer and other wildlife along its banks. Framing the beautiful Esopus Valley on either side of the creek are namesake Mount Tremper to the north and Mount Pleasant and Romer Mountain to the south.
The Kingston City Shuttle
The last passenger train departed Kingston for Oneonta in 1954. In 2008, our volunteers rebuilt and reopened the first sections of track in downtown Kingston and introduced our Kingston City Shuttle. With the goal of crossing the Esopus River and climbing Mount Hurley to reach the Ashokan reservoir, volunteers rebuilt almost two miles of track through the historic city of Kingston. Our special Saturday-only service runs from July through October, with special winter holiday service through December. Your 45-minute round trip traces the same route travelers have used since the 1860’s to access the Catskills by rail. The short train ride through Kingston is just one part of a long-term plan to re-open the length of the railroad to Ashokan and Phoenicia.