Dear Friends & Neighbors,
After several years of planning and preparation, the brand new Mountaindale Railway Station will held it's Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, November 14th 2009. This municipal building features public restrooms and excellent parking access for the trail head of the Rails to Trails to Woodridge and beyond.
This facility was made possible through a New York State DOT TEA-21 Grant and in kind donations from Sullivan County, the Town of Fallsburg, and local Mountaindale businesses and civic groups. Although it is state of the art new construction, its design is based on the 1920 architectural plans of an New York, Ontario & Western Railway (O&W) building proposed for Mountaindale but never before built. When the new facility was originally proposed for Mountaindale by then County Planning Commissioner Alan Sorensen and local architect, Robert Dadras, longtime resident and train history buff, Ken Schmitt recalled having seen the old blueprints in the O&W Railway Historical Society archives in Middletown, NY. Now that these modified plans are finally completed, it's been a labor of love for Town Engineer, Will Illing to see to all the final details of design and decor. Both the interior and exterior have been painstakingly modeled after actual O&W depots of decades past.
Ken and Barb Schmitt of the Mountaindale Community Development Project have been working with Will to curate a permanent exhibit of O&W train photographs so that visitors will have a feel for the mammoth engines that rumbled past this very location in Mountaindale until the railway closed operations on March 29, 1957. Octogenarian Sid "Zelig" Blum reminisces about the unique smells and clouds of smoke whenever a train came through the small hamlet, following along the Sandburg Creek. Mountaindale is regarded by many as an enchanting, charming community. This new public building adds to its uniqueness and sense of place.
New Station Sign![photogallery/photo00027774/real.htm]
Photos By Ken Schmitt- July, 2010
A Brand New Old Train Station Opens in Mountaindale
Mountaindale Tale - Street Survival
(PDF File) by Barabra Gref - Used by
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This is a drawing from the O&WRHS Archives of the proposed 1920 NYO&W Depot in Mountaindale that was never built.
Plan's of the proposed 1920 Depot.
Station Plans I
Station Plans II
Special Thanks to both the Sullivan County Democrat and The Towne Crier
|From Points East (Orange
Route 17 West to Exit 112. Left at stop sign, go about 200 feet to stop. Left at stop sign, go 1.3 miles to signage indicating Mountaindale/Woodridge. Turn Right onto Sullivan County Road 56. Go 7.5 miles to end of the road (Anderman Oil will be in front of you). Make a Right at the light, go .3 miles to 58 Main Street. It will be on your left.
|From Points West
(Liberty/Monticello, etc.) :
Route 17 East to exit 109. Left at stop sign, continue under Route 17 overpass (Trading Post is on your right). Left at stop sign, and then immediate right towards Woodridge (indicated by sign). Go 5.9 miles to stop traffic light, turn right onto Sullivan County 54, go 2 miles to traffic light (Anderman Oil on left), continue .3 miles to 58 Main Street. It will be on your left.
From Towns of Fallsburg/Neversink:
Route 42 to Fallsburg. East on Sullivan County 53 to Woodridge. Turn right at traffic light, go to next light. Take left fork (Sullivan County 54) towards Mountaindale. Go 2 miles to traffic light (Anderman Oil on left), continue .3 miles to 58 Main Street. It will be on your left.
From Ellenville Area / Ulster County:
Route 209 to Spring Glen. Take Sullivan County 55 6.6 miles to Mountaindale. 58 Main Street will be on your right.