On the Night Train

An old-fashioned way to tour the Valley stays out past curfew

For decades, taking a daytime ride on the Catskill Mountain Railroad has provided sightseers with plenty of gorgeous views to gaze upon. As the train chugs along the Esopus creek, the flora and fauna native to the region are recognizable, and mountains peeking out from above the trees please the eye. But this year, for two warm summer nights only, the line offers the chance to ride the rails and enjoy the view under a starlit sky.

The train’s Twilight Limited trail is a round-trip journey between Mount Tremper and Phoenicia that takes place under the stars; perfect for stargazing with your honey or picking out constellations with the kids. The evening excursion departs from the Mount Tremper station by 8 p.m. and stops at Phoenicia, where riders enjoy refreshments and live music performed by folk artists Earl Pardini and the Slide Mountain String Band. The train then returns to Mount Tremper by 10 p.m.

The Twilight Limited departs on July 10 and August 21 and costs $16 for adults, $10 for children under age 12, and is free for children younger than two with a paid adult fare. Parking at the Mount Tremper station is free.

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For further information and schedules, visit www.catskillmtrailroad.com.

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