Empire State Railway Museum, Phoenicia

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Established in 1960, the Empire State Railway Museum is a non-profit railroad museum currently located in the historic Ulster & Delaware Phoenicia Railroad Station, Phoenicia, New York. The station was built in 1899 by the U&D, and is one of the few surviving examples left along the line. The museum owns a small collection of historic railroad equipment. The museum was formerly the publisher of the annual Steam Railroad Directory until the 2006 edition, when the title was taken over by Kalmbach Publishing and now released as the Tourist Trains Guidebook.
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  • What a small gem of a museum. Free, but open to donations, it is operated by volunteers who provide on-site tours and are highly knowledgeable about the content and history of the museum as well as.....  more
    What a small gem of a museum. Free, but open to donations, it is operated by volunteers who provide on-site tours and are highly knowledgeable about the content and history of the museum as well as.....  more »
  • Cool old time locomotive taking you through a nice trail. Tour guide tells you a little about the 30 minutes. Nice for kids and leaf peepers. 
    Cool old time locomotive taking you through a nice trail. Tour guide tells you a little about the 30 minutes. Nice for kids and leaf peepers.  more »
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  • I had actually planned to take more pictures while I was here but I became so enthralled with the history and information the volunteers had during their tour. This museum is free but has the option to give donations. They have a little gift shop as well. They have a lot of original parts of the building, and a great little recreation of what the train station(s) looked like back in the day, it is made with as much accuracy as was possible, so it is really neat to look at. You certainly learn a lot from here, including about how trains used to stay on time, money security in the old building, and an overall history of the area. Although this is not at all by fault of the museum, we had asked if we could look at the trains and were given permission as long as we stayed on the grass but when we were on the grass, a girl from the business next door yelled at us that we weren't allowed over there, so come communication with that business may be needed.
  • This is a two-for-one deal that's a steal of a deal. There's the Railway Museum, and right adjacent to it is Rail Explorers Catskills Division. Book a railbike tour, but show up early to visit this amazing, historical railway museum with models, photos, and very learned people who are there to provide much-valued information about the history and uses of the Catskill Mountain Railways

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