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Pinch Yourself! In Age Of Automobile, Steam Power Returns To Cooperstown

Pinch Yourself!

In Age Of Automobile, Steam

Power Returns To Cooperstown

If you hurry, you may get a chance to see a rarity in Cooperstown: A steam engine, now paused across Route 28 from the Price Chopper parking lot. Part of the 150th celebration of the Milford-based Coopertown & Charlotte Valley Railroad, the train is proceeding to the former Glen Avenue crossing in the next few minutes, before returning to the anniversary celebrations in Milford.  Inset, conductor Bruce Hodges, president, the Leatherstocking Railroad Historical Society, chats with Roy Davis, the engine’s owner, who trucked it over from Dunkirk to participate in this weekend’s festivities.  At left is Scott Symans, who accompanied Davis, who said he bought the engine in Virginia and renovated it.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ALL ABOARD! Highlights From The 150th Anniversary of Milford Trains

ALL ABOARD!

Highlights From The 150th

Anniversary of Milford Trains

Bruce Hodges, president, Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and founder Jim Loudon, invite you to join two days of fun celebrating Otsego County’s railroad history. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

MILFORD – The Cooperstown-Charlotte Valley Railroad celebrates 150 years with two days of train rides, talks, ice cream, music and more Saturday – Sunday, July 13-14.

  • 9 -11 a.m. Special Postal Cancellation by Milford Postmaster Judy Kessler @ Milford Depot
  • 10 – 11:30 a.m.: Steam powered Train Ride W. Big Hook Demo to Milepost 6 ($30/adult, $28/seniors, $25/kids, under 3 free)
  • 10 a.m. – Noon: Dixieland Band performs (tent in front of Milford Depot)
Steam Engine Arrives At Milford Train Station

Steam Engine Arrives

At Milford Train Station

Paul Sternitzke, Milford, operates a bucket loader to guide a steam engine, owned by Scott Symans, right, off of a flatbed truck and onto the tracks at the Milford Train station earlier this afternoon. The steam engine will be a featured attraction in this weekend’s 150th anniversary celebration of the Cooperstown Charlotte Valley Railroad, including a ride from Milford to Cooperstown, Saturday July 13. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

C&CV’s 150th Party Recreating Hoopla Of Original Launch

SUMMER DREAMS COVER STORY

C&CV’s 150th Party

Recreating Hoopla

Of Original Launch

Carl Ayres drives the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad’s refurbished “Little Train,” which will make its debut this weekend at the Milford Depot on the 150th anniversary celebrations. (Ian Austin/Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com)

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

MILFORD – Call it The Little Engine That Can.

Donall Sullivan’s little train, out of commission for more than 15 years, will once again carry passengers – of all ages! – from Milford’s Wilber Park to the 150th anniversary celebration of the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad Saturday, July 13.

“Sullivan was a tool-and-die man and he built a little train on his property in Otego,” said Bruce Hodges, president, Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society. “When he died in the mid-’90s, Gene Bettiol bought it because he didn’t want it to leave the area.”

Later, Bettiol donated it to the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society, which owns the C&CV, but after a few years, the engine stopped working.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

Ride The Rails For Tails

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FUNDRAISER – 5:30 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a train ride, live music to support The Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Meet the dogs. Cost, $40/person. Cooperstown Charlotte Valley Railroad, 136 Main St., Milford. 607-547-8111 or visit susquehannaanimalshelter.org/on-the-rails-for-tails/

ANNIVERSARY – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Celebrate 80th anniversary of Fairy Spring Park. Features local funk band Hanzolo, Stewarts’ ice cream floats, silent auction of painting of the park by local painter, May-Britt Joyce. Free admission, donations welcome. Fairy Springs Park, 136 Co. Rd. 31, Cooperstown.

FLAMES ENGULF RAILROAD CAR

BULLETIN!

FLAMES ENGULF

RAILROAD CAR

Milford firefighter Russell Jones prepares to direct water on a blaze that broke out in mid-afternoon in a vintage box car on the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley track a quarter-mile south of the Milford depot. Fire companies from surrounding communities were dispatched to the scene, where the flames continue to burn at this hour. Check back for updates and a slide show. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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