This book presents the complete story of all the railroads of New York's Catskill Mountain region. The Catskill region was the legendary haunt of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle. In word and picture this book tells about that railroads construction, early operations, the famous passenger trains and the magnificent hotels.
Presented are the Catskill Mountain Railroad, the Otis Elevating Railway, the Catskill & Tannersville Railroad, and the Delaware & Northern Railway. This is an intensely human story of struggle and triumph in the New York tradition.
Contents: Preface, pp. 7-12; Early Transportation in the Catskills, pp. 13-18; Iron Through the Catskills, pp. 19-34; Competition, pp. 35-50; Hudson River Rail Monopoly Ends, pp. 51-62; Pioneer Hotels, pp. 63-80; Rails Into the Sky, pp. 81-90; The Ulster & Delaware Reaches its Goal, pp. 91-114; The End of Narrow Gauge Competition, pp. 115-128; Thomas Cornell's Dream Comes True, pp. 129-144; The Delaware & Northern, pp. 145-156; The Rise and Fall of the Ulster & Delaware, pp. 157-182; Appendix, pp. 183-204; Bibliography, pp. 205-206; Index, pp. 210.
Golden West Books, hardcover, 210 pages, standard portrait book 8 x 10 in., 320 illustrations, maps, timetables, documentary reproductions, locomotive rosters, scale locomotive drawings, bibliography and index.