This is another of my practice locations because the tourists don't know it's there, so it's usually peaceful with no people to get in the way. Other than the occasional railroad buff, I've yet to run into anyone there. The picture of myself that I use as the masthead for this site was taken at this location.
The building itself is an old freight house from when the adjacent track and siding were part of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad.
The U&D operated in the New York counties of Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, and Ulster at various points in its history. The railroad was incorporated in 1875 and initially consisted of lines owned by older, bankrupt railroads.
The Ulster and Delaware's passengers consisted both of locals traveling between the widely-separated cities in the Catskill and Hudson Valley regions, as well as tourists visiting the areas. They also carried freight throughout the region.
By the end of World War II, automobiles had replaced trains as the way for people to get to and around the region; and trucks replaced trains as a more-efficient mode of regional freight delivery. Demand for rail service in the region dwindled, and the Delaware and Ulster Railroad shut down for good in 1954.
The freight house remains, however. It's located in Fleischmanns, New York a few miles east of the Arkville train station of the old Ulster and Delaware Railroad.
Both the Arkville Station and the freight house are still in use by the Delaware and Ulster railroad, a heritage railroad that runs scenic tours on a stretch of the old Ulster and Delaware line. The station in Arkville is where the passengers board and disembark the trains, and the freight house is used for storage. It's accessible to the railroad's equipment over rails that pass over the intact, but otherwise-unused Bush Kill Railroad Bridge.
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