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History of the Ulster & Delaware

Ulster & Delaware Railroad
"The Only All Rail Route Through the Catskills"

History of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad

 

The history of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad, and that of its predecessors the Rondout & Oswego Railroad and the New York, Kingston, & Syracuse Railroad, as well as the history of the Catskill Mountain Branch (of the New York Central, later Penn-Central, and Conrail), has been very well chronicled in several publications over the years. Therefore a fully written history will not be provided here, however a comprehensive timeline is made available below.


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April 3 - The Rondout & Oswego Railroad is chartered to construct a standard gauge railroad between Rondout on the Hudson River and Oswego on Lake Ontario. The original officers of the new railroad are Thomas B. Cornell, President; John C. Brodhead, Vice President and Construction Superintendent; Henry A. Samson; Edgar B. Newkirk; H. Schoonmaker; James G. Lindsley; L.N. Heermance; Isaac W. Longyear; Orson M. Allaben; E.J. Burhans; F.R. Gilbert; and R.T. Hume. (Best 19)

May 24 - At a meeting of the Board of Directors, the line surveyed by way of Roxbury and Stamford, and known as the "Northern Route" is adopted by the R&O. (Source: Annual Report, 9/12/1871)

November 15 - A contract is entered into with the Collins Brothers for the graduation and masonry work on the first 26 miles of roadbed, or eastern division, extending from Rondout to Phoenicia. (Source: Annual Report, 9/12/1871)

 

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December - Work is commenced by breaking ground in the town of Kingston. (Source: Annual Report, 9/12/1871)

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Spring - Grading of the Rondout & Oswego Railroad begins at Ronout. (Best 21)

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Spring - A contract is entered into with John Satterlee for the gradutation and masonry work from Phoenicia to Harpersfield. (Source: Annual Report, 9/12/1871)

June - A secondhand inside-connected locomotive named Pennsylvania and eight platform cars were landed at Rondout, together with 1,000 tons of iron rail from England.  (Best 22)

August - The Pennsylvania steams through the heart of Kingston for the first time, the first train movement within the city. (Best 22)

September 30 - Track laying crews reach Milepost 20 near Shokan. (Best 22)

November - A new locomotive, the Wm. C. More, is received from the Dickson Manufacturing Company. (Best 22)

 

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Early - Thomas Cornell, and the R&O, come under fire from the townships west of Shandaken. Said townships had bonded themselves for large sums of money to have the railroad go through their towns by 1871. (Best 24)

March - Track laying crews reach five miles west of Boiceville. (Best 22)

May - Twenty miles of track have been ballasted. (Best 22)

May 25 - The first regularly scheduled passenger train is run. Hauled by the Pennsylvania, the train consists of a baggage car and a passenger coach. It leaves Rondout at 6:40 A.M. and goes as far as Mt. Pleasant, twenty-four miles distant, returning in the late afternoon.(Best 22)

June - A third locomotive, Thomas Cornell, is acquired (Best 22)

June 20 - The Collins contract having been completed and the track laid to Phoenicia, three miles further, two daily trains commenced running to that point. The track conditions, so poor at this point, relegate train speeds to 12 M.P.H. (Source: Annual Report, 9/12/1871)

July - Thomas Cornell organizes the Rhinebeck & Connecticut Railroad, to run between Rhinecliff (across the Hudson River from Rondout) and Boston Corners. (Best 24)

September 1 - Freight service begins to Shandaken (Best 22)

September 20 - The railroad is reported to be in operating condition as far as Shandaken, 32 miles from Rondout. Six miles have been graded up to the summit at Pine Hill and then downgrade three miles towards Dean's Corners (Arkville). Thomas Cornell resigns his post as President of the R&O. John C. Brodhead is elected to the post.  (Best 24-25)

 

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March 6 - A construction train, being hauled by the Pennsylvania, derails a mile west of Kingston. The engine derails and is ditched. A car loaded with heavy logs overturns and kills brakeman Michael Gannon and seriously injures the engine crew. The cause of the wreck is found to be due to worn flanges on the locomotive's driving wheels and other wear-and-tear on the locomotive which was never repaired. (Best 25)

Unknown - A law enacted by the State of New York requires all railroads, at minimum, to utilize 70-pound rails on mountain grades with sharp curves. All work on the horseshoe curve at Pine Hill is halted while 70-pound rails are ordered. (Best 25)

June - New 70-pound rails arrive. Work resumes. (Best 25)

September 11 - The line is put into service as far as Dean's Corners (now known as Arkville). (Best 25)

December 15 - The line is opened for traffic as far as Halcottville, milepost 53. (Best 28)

 

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February - The railroad is leased to John A. Greene & Co., contractors, for two years, to operate the line, continue construction, and pay interest on the bonds. (Best 28)

Spring - Grading crews reach Moresville (now known as Grand Gorge). (Best 28)

April 10 - Railroad president John C. Brodhead resigns, he is replaced by General George H. Sharpe. (Best 28)

May 9 - The Rondout & Oswego Railroad is reorganized as the New York, Kingston, & Syracuse Railroad (Best 28)

 

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January 18 - The Stony Clove & Catskill Mountain Railroad is organized by the shareholders of the Ulster & Delaware Railroad. The new railroad is to be constructed between a connection with the U&D at Phoenicia to Hunter in Greene County, some 15 miles. To save on construction costs the railroad is to be built to the three-foot gauge. (Ham & Bucenec, 2002, 12)

April - Over 400 men are employed in clearing, grading, and laying the route for the SC&CM. (Ham & Bucenec, 2002, 12) 

August - Tracklayers working on the SC&CM reach Edgewood, 8-1/2 miles from Phoenicia. (Ham & Bucenec, 2002, 12) 

 

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Unknown - A Ramsey's Patent Car Transfer Apparatus is installed at Phoenicia, to facilitate the transfer of standard gauge cars to the rails of the narrow gauge Stony Clove & Catskill Mountain Railroad. (Source: Bucenec)

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