Near Summitville in Sullivan County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
O&W & Summitville Station
Delaware & Hudson Canal
The knoll across the highway from where you are now standing is the site of the New York, Ontario & Western Summitville Depot, an active train station until 1957. The development of local rail lines in general, and the O&W line in particular, put Sullivan County on the map as a resort destination in the late 1890's. The railroads of the time brought vacationers from New York City, transported goods from upstate farms and businesses, and provided connections between local communities. So busy was this hub of railroad activity that it was referred to as "Grand Central Station."
The Summitville train station was so busy that it needed more than one track to handle the rail traffic that passed through. To allow many trains to enter and leave this bustling depot a Y-turn was added to the track system. This early bit of railroad technology, one of the first of its kind, allowed trains coming from upstate to move along the main tracks to New York City or to switch off to the valley line and continue to Ellenville and Kingston. The Y-turn also allowed service to such local communities as Mountaindale, Fallsburgh, Hurleyville, Ferndale, Liberty, Livingston Manor, and Roscoe.
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O&W steam engine
Erected by Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical year for this entry is 1880.
Location. 41° 37.162′ N, 74° 27.082′ W. Marker is near Summitville, New York, in Sullivan County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 209 and Ferguson Road, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located along the canal trail, overlooking the Summitville trailhead of the Delaware & Hudson Canal Linear Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Summitville NY 12781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Canal & the Railroad (within shouting distance of this marker); History of the Canal (approx. 0.9 miles away); Towpath (approx. 0.9 miles away); Boothroyd House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Life on the Canal (approx. 0.9 miles away); Locks (approx. 0.9 miles away); Waste Weirs (approx. 0.9 miles away); Canal Basin & Sluiceway (approx. one mile away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Delaware & Hudson Canal
Also see . . .
1. The New York, Ontario and Western Railroad(Submitted on November 24, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. New York, Ontario and Western Railway (Wikipedia). The federal government eventually recommended complete liquidation, which occurred on March 29, 1957. All O&W assets were auctioned. The diesel locomotives found new owners, but most of the rest was scrapped. By virtue of its superb online scenery and anachronistic operations, the O&W retains "cult status" among railroad and history buffs more than 50 years after its abandonment, with periodic bus tours of remaining railroad artifacts. (Submitted on November 24, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2019. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 509 times since then and 135 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on November 21, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 24, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.