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Rails to the Catskills
Sweet Violets
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The March for Disarmament
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"Romance of the Rails..." - Woodstock Times

"... an engrossing viewing experience."
- Chronogram

Available for streaming at
Vimeo On Demand.

Watch Giving Birth Now Vimeo OnDemand

Rails to the Catskills DVD
- $19.95 plus s/h
(NYS residents add 8.00% sales tax) 

Running Time: 95:00

Public Performance &
Classroom Rights*
- $69.95 plus s/h
*please email us for licensing fees
where admission is charged


RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS is a history of the dynamic railroad industry in the Catskills of New York State. Catskill railroads have roots in the canals of the 1820's and the post Civil War railroad boom.


• For Love of Trains
• Before Railroads - The D&H Canal
• Canajoharie & Catskill Railroad
• New York, Ontario & Western Railway
• Electric Trolleys
• Ulster & Delaware Railroad

• Catskill Mountain Railway/Otis Elevating Railway
• Wallkill Valley Railroad
• West Shore Railroad
• Delaware & Ulster Railroad
• Catskill Mountain Railroad
• Rails & Trails Conflict

RAILS TO THE CATSKILLS uses original footage, contemporary and vintage photographs, postcards, rare films, railfan-movies, newspapers and historic archives. Music is by Dick Staber and Paul Lounsbury. The film includes historians Eugene Dauner, Dale Flansburg, Robert Haines, John M. Ham, William Helmer, Evan Jennings, and Bob Mohowski.

Rails to the Catskills, Documentary Film

Sweet Violets Now Available

Sweet Violets is a documentary about the commercial violet industry in Rhinebeck, NY when it was the Violet Capital of the World. At its peak in 1912, growers shipped more than five million blooms for Easter by train from Rhinecliff Station.

By the roaring 20's violets began to be replaced by other corsage flowers. In 1927, "The Captive” was a scandal on Broadway involving violets and lesbians. Violets became politically incorrect and the flower fell further out of popular fashion.

The last of the Violet Kings gave up in 1979. Now, one remaining strip of cultivated violets grows in an anemone greenhouse outside Rhinebeck. In the late winter and early spring deep purple Frey's Fragrant violets are picked for culinary purposes and bunched for the occasional Valentine's Day bouquet.

Sweet Violets Movie

Willow Mixed Media is a not-for-profit arts group. Since 1970, we have
produced films on topics of social interest and regional history.

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