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Catskill Mountain Railway

Rip Van Winkle Railroads
Catskill Mountain - Otis - Cairo - Catskill & Tannersville

The Rip Van Winkle Railroads, a nickname given to them, were a consortium of four little railroads that operated in the Catskill Mountains of New York for nearly forty years. The four railroads, the Catskill Mountain Railway, the Otis Elevating Railway , the Cairo Railroad, and the Catskill & Tannersville Railway were all interconnected narrow gauge (3 ft.) devoted to the transportation of vacationers to the Mountaintop.

Within this website you will find a story of one of the most interesting narrow gauge railroads east of the Rocky Mountains. This website is an attempt to chronicle these amazing little narrow gauge railroads and I sincerely hope you enjoy it!

All the Best,

Richard J. King

All Aboard!

Table of Contents

History of the
Rip Van Winkle Railroads

The Narrow Gauge Route

Locomotives & Equipment

Happenings on the Narrow Gauge

Rip Van Winkle Railroads
Employee & Management Database


Suggested Reading


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