The CMRR is a New York Railroad Corporation which operates seasonal and event train rides and is a major tourist attraction in Ulster County, New York. Located in the city of Kingston, the CMRR is also a community service organization founded in 1983 dedicated to preserving the history of the former Ulster and Delaware Railroad. The CMRR has always put all its operating profits back into the preservation of the Ulster and Delaware Railroad corridor. Since 2016, the railroad has spent over $650,000 of operating surpluses back into the track and equipment of the railroad.
Until a few years ago, the railroad was run completely by volunteers. In the last few years, it has generated sufficient revenue from operations to employ a significant paid staff, with a payroll of nearly $400,000 in the last year. However, many of our staff chose to continue to serve as volunteers.
Many of our past employees and volunteers have successfully found full time employment in the railroad, mechanical or heavy equipment industries. The CMRR is a great entry level way to gain the skills needed for these industries.
Today we have four categories of staff: Full time, Part Time, Seasonal and Volunteer. These are broken down into four categories: Train Service, Maintenance Support, Administrative Support, and Seasonal Staff.
Please review our categories of staff listed below and if you are interested in working as a paid employee or volunteer for the CMRR please fill out the Expression of Interest form at the bottom of the page indicating your employment or volunteer interest and we will get back to you promptly.
The Catskill Mountain Railroad is staffed by a mixture of paid full-time, part time and seasonal employees, as well as volunteers.
The railroad operates mostly on weekends, though we have full-time crews that perform track work and other duties that support our weekend operations.
Our seasonal employees are hired primarily to support our Polar Express operations in late November and December. Our seasonal staff comprise a mixture of local students and more senior staff that direct the on-board Polar Express experience.
We also employ volunteers at all levels of operations.
Our full and part-time paid staff perform the following functions: