Before it became Walkway State Park, this
massive 1.28 mile steel structure was know as the
Poughkeepise-Highland Railroad Bridge, an Industrial Age
Superstar! When trains began rumbling over the bridge in 1888,
it became key transportation hub linking western raw materials
to eastern industrial centers, until a fire in 1974 crippled the
Thirty-five years later it opened on October 3, 2009 as Walkway
Over the Hudson State Historic Park. More than 3 million people
have visited the park to stroll, cycle, walk, jog and roller
blade over its mighty steel trusses. www.walkway.org
Several minutes before start of Marathon.
Runners on bridge awaiting the start.
We are allowed to enter and walk on the bridge.
Mid-Hudson Bridge for route US 44.
Boathouse Row and Marist College on east side of Hudson River.
Looking down on the freight track on the west side of Hudson
After we are allowed to enter on the bridge,
Chris and I walked out about on a third of a way out. The
wind was blowing and with runners crowding the bridge we
decide to proceed to the next stop. The 5K started on the
west side and went to Marist and the 10K started at Marist,
went over the bridge and back to also end at Marist.
With my nephew going to be here for the next four years, I
have serious intentions of returning to visit and walking
the entire length of the walkway.
Leaving the bridge we traveled north on US 9W to Kingston,
NY to the New York Trolley Museum. As the museum was not
open at this early hour, we could only can take a few
pictures before continuing on to the next stop.
Leaving Kingston we take NY 28 to
Phoenicia, NY about 25 miles away. Here is the Empire
State Railroad Museum.
Arriving back in Arkville on time at
1:00P.M. We then made our way to the next venue at Mt.
Tremper, NY. We traveled back southeast on NY 28 on past
Phoenicia to the depot at Mt. Tremper. It was a nice half
hour drive through the NY countryside.
Our Second Train Ride Today.
Esopus Creek Scenic Train, Catskill Mountain Railroad,
Mt Tremper, NY
After we finish our ride along the
Esopus Creek, we take a few more pics and then depart for
the next stop. We travel southeast on route NY 28 back to
Our Third Train Ride Today.
Kingston City Limited, Catskill Mountain
Railroad, Westbrook Lane Station, Kingston, NY 12401.
The Ulster & Delaware Railroad
started construction in 1866 from the Hudson River at
Kingston Point. By 1900, the line was completed to
Oneonta, proving a vital link for freight and passengers
through the Catskills. Acquired by the New York Central
Railroad in 1932, the last passenger train ran in 1954.
In later years, Penn Central offered freight service,
but after decades of decline, the last freight train
rode on the old U&D tracks in 1976. Ulster County
purchased the railroad in 1979 to preserve the corridor
for future rail use. In 1982, the Catskill Mountain
Railroad was chartered to run tourist passenger trains
as well as freight service. Today's train ride is just
one part of a long-term plan to re-open the length of
the railroad from Kingston to Phoenicia and
We arrived around 3:30 PM with time to pick
up our tickets for the 4:00PM departure.
This was the next surprise for the day. This
was the first of weekend of the last three in June for a
Chuggington's Traintastic Adventure. Lots of young trainees
have the opportunity to participate in a variety of
activities. And we would be sharing and riding the train
together. Asked where he wanted to sit, he said right behind
to ALCO engine so he could hear it chug. With the dancing,
singing and music led by two teenage counselors, Chris never
did hear the engine chug. But he said he got the mileage.
Chris enjoying the ride before the music, dancing and the
noise makers were handed out.
We travelled out into the countryside
going under the NY State Thurway, US I-87, crossed over
the Esopus Creek and stopped at US 209 because there
were no crossing signals. This would be the end of the
ride in this outbound direction.
End of the line.
We arrived back at the platform and went
to our car to drive to Rutland, Vermont, our stop for
the night and the start of the convention tomorrow. We
proceeded to the New York State Thwy, I-87, a toll road,
and head north to Albany. About a hour passed and we
decided it was time to eat. Together we decided a stop
at the Colonel was just the ticket. Driving along we
keep watch for exit signs telling about restaurants and
shortly we spotted an easy-off easy-on exit with
KFC. I ordered the two piece meal, dark with
mashed potatoes and gravy. Oh, this will be nice for my
tummy. Chris got his chicken order with a side of mash
potatoes and gravy. By the time he returned to the
car the bottom of the potatoes cup was leaking gravy.
Soon it was a big mess all over his clothes and the
seat. After time out to clean up, we were back on the
road passing Albany and staying on I-87 to just near
Glen Falls where we turn east to meet US 4 north to
state line. Staying on US 4 in Vermont till US 7 and
then north on to Rutland. Shortly after we checked in, I
unpacked and got the room ready for the next 8 nights
and Chris went to his first safety meeting.
The end of two big days, in Manhattan and the Catskills
and the convention only starts tomorrow.
Tomorrow: Train ride and photo run by.