All Aboard! The U&D RR presented by Wes Coates
The third event of the “Besides The Tracks in the Historic Phoenicia Railway Station” summer series of presentations will be held on Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Featured speaker will be Wes Coates, Executive Director of the Catskill Revitalization Corporation and General Manager of the Delaware & Ulster Railroad. Mr Coates’s presentation will not only be on the Arkville Tourist Train’s operations but will touch upon the need for for future cooperation amongst the various museums, railroads and historical societies throughout the area.
From the day-to-day operations with all its challenges to what has been recently accomplished, Mr. Coates will talk about the D&U RR’s current projects and future plans including the circuitous route used to bring a donated caboose from Selkirk to Arkville for restoration. Wes has been leading the organization in a voluntary capacity since the Spring of 2017. Under his direction, the Delaware & Ulster Railroad has begun to improve its track and infrastructure, run more trains and become more actively involved in the community.
Along with almost 20 miles of trackage, Wes and his team also manage and maintain the Catskill Scenic Trail that extends almost 30 miles from Roxbury to Bloomville, New York. The D&U RR is unique for a scenic railroad in N.Y.S. in that working alongside its volunteer staff, the organization has full-time paid employees for many of the maintenance activities of the infrastructure, locomotives and rolling stock.
Wes Coates brings over 40 years of experience in the operation of passenger railroads, having been the General Manager for Amtrak’s Empire Corridor in Albany-Rensselaer, New York, along with experience in passenger train operations with New Jersey Transit and Conrail. Wes has a BA in Managerial Economics and an MBA from Sage Graduate School in Albany. He has actively supported passenger rail operations in N.Y.S, for over the past twenty years. He also shares a keen interest in railroad history andbelongs to railroad historical societies in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and New Zealand, along with the Lexington Group in Transportation History.
A small reception will be held after the lecture and Wes will be available to answer your questions. There is no charge for this lecture or the reception after. Donations are always welcome to help defray our costs.