Allen Frishman stands outside the former railway tunnel along a portion of the rail trail in South Fallsburg.For the Times Herald-Record/MICHAEL D. BLOOM
FALLSBURG — When the Ontario and Western Railway first chugged its way through Sullivan County in 1873, fewer than 30 houses stood in the hamlet of Roscoe.
“It was the railroad that built the Catskills,” Wilmer Sipple, director of the Roscoe O&W Railway Museum, said this week.
It’s now been 51 years since the O&W ran out of steam. But hiking, biking and nature enthusiasts throughout our region have worked for several years to convert the old rail beds into recreational trails.
Fallsburg rail trail public informational meeting
When: 2 p.m, Sunday, March 2 Where: Fallsburg Justice Court, 19 Railroad Plaza, South Fallsburg
In Fallsburg, a corps of volunteers and town officials are looking to eventually connect three towns by continuous trails. Fallsburg’s rail-trail advisory committee will show the public next Sunday the results of 18 months of studying the project’s feasibility.