8th Annual Holiday Trains on Main

Trains on Main is pulling into Livingston Manor for its eighth year in 2015! Bring the kids and enjoy this spectacular holiday treat! Grand opening at CAS Arts Center on Saturday, December 5 and running through December 27. Amazing model trains and real historical artifacts will be on display at the CAS Arts Center, the Laundry King, and many businesses in Livingston Manor throughout December. Visitors can enjoy the show up close or looking in the windows even when closed to experience the magical nostalgia of the season.

On Saturday, December 5th, the Livingston Manor Chamber of Commerce and CAS Arts Center kick off Holiday Trains On Main, a nostalgic trip back in time with model trains on view at many locations in town. Maps showing the locations will be available at CAS and participating businesses. In addition, the public is invited on December 5th and 12th to two special presentations about railroad history hosted by CAS at the Laundry King, 65 Main Street, Livingston Manor.

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A great old ad that was used by the O&W Railroad to promote travel to “the mountains”. Submitted by John Conway.

Visitors can enjoy the show up close or looking in the windows even when
closed to experience the magical nostalgia of the season.

Saturday, December 5th, 1:00 pm “The Quiz…And Other Stories” – presented by Fred Fries. The arrival of the Ontario & Western Railway hastened the growth and development of Livingston Manor from a wilderness mill-town into a thriving community. But likewise, Livingston Manor’s numerous industries played an important role in the railroad’s subsequent survival for eighty-five years. “The Quiz…And Other Stories” recollects the memory of Livingston Manor as a railroad town.

Saturday, December 12th, 1:00 pm “Doctors Say ‘Go to the Mountains!’ How the Railroad Built Tourism in the Sullivan County Catskills” – presented by John Conway, Sullivan County Historian. Both of the region’s two great periods of tourism came about largely because of its reputation as a healing environment and the railroad’s promotion of the pure air, pure water and pure milk to be found here. Sullivan County Historian John Conway takes a critical look at the role of the railroad in building a tourism industry here that eventually comprised more than 500 hotels and 50,000 bungalows.

Boxcar of Goodies
To thank patrons for shopping locally, Livingston Manor businesses are giving away an armload of gifts to three lucky shoppers. The 11th Annual Boxcar of Goodies, filled with gifts donated by local businesses, gives additional incentive to shop in Livingston Manor. The more you shop, the better your chances of winning. Receive one entry for every $20 spent in a participating business. The drawing is December 23rd.