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What's Going on Beside the Tracks From Hemlocks to Knotweed presented by Michael Kudish

  • Empire State Railway Museum 70 lower High St Phoenicia NY 12464 united States (map)


As the title suggests, 
Dr. Kudish will talk about recent developments concerning the ecology of the hemlocks in the Catskill Mountains. He will use his own illustra- tions for documentation and easy understanding.


Come prepared for the book signing on August 27th! Copies of Addendum to “Where Did the Tracks Go in the Catskills?” are in.

Starting with the Hemlock’s arrival in the Catskills about 14,000 years ago, he will discuss their weird and cyclical nature with new ideas on hemlock ecology, He will also present some material on the five bogs which have lost their hemlocks during the hemlock “crash” and threats such as tanning and the wooly adelgid. 

Michael will also introduce his newly published Addendum to “Volume IV of Mountain Railroads of New York State: Where Did the Tracks Go in the Catskills?” This 56-page Addendum contains 31 new maps and detailed text for cattle passes, charcoal kilns, quarries, logging lines, other industries, emergences from reservoirs, construction and relocations. A small reception will be held after the lecture and Dr. Kudish will answer questions and sign copies of the Addendum.

We are also taking orders for our October Guest Speaker John Ham’s new book “Along the Old West Shore: Weehauken to Buffalo” which will be out mid-September. Don’t miss out on this limited-edition volume which is the only book ever published about the entirety of the New York Central’s West Shore Railroad.

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Admission is free to this event but we ask that a donation
be made to the Museum to help defray our costs.

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