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Rail Travel in Oneonta Topic Of Wilcox Talk

Rail Travel in Oneonta

Topic Of Wilcox Talk

Jim Loudon, Oneonta’s resident expert on the Oneonta rail travel, gives a talk on the history of the Delaware & Hudson Railroad in Oneonta during this afternoons’ speaker series at The Swart Wilcox House. Tours of the house and refreshments followed as guests were invited to tour the grounds. (Ian Austin/
ALL ABOARD! Highlights From The 150th Anniversary of Milford Trains


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/

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


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

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

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.

3-Decade Trolley Heyday Lures 75 To History Center

3-Decade Trolley Heyday

Lures 75 To History Center

Greater Oneonta Historical Society Executive Director Bob Brozowski, top photo, left, welcomes a standing-room-only crowd to rail historian Jim Loudon’s  “The Otsego Trolley Line” lecture this afternoon at the History Center.  Loudon (inset photo) recounted how the Oneonta & Otego Valley Railroad, founded in 1897, expanded to Hartwick, Cooperstown, Richfield Springs and, eventually, Mohawk, in a financially troubled 36-year history before, as the Southern NY Railroad, it finally collapsed in 1933, victim of the ever-more-popular automobile.   Loudon is author of “Leatherstocking Rails: A History of Railroading Along the Upper Susquehanna” and other books on local history. Seated in the foreground in top photo are Steve Judd, left, and Ron Barton, who recalled, as boys on Oneonta’s West End, clambering over an abandoned Climax brand locomotive on boyhood adventures.  (Jim Kevlin/


Support This Years

Polar Bear Jumpers


POLAR BEAR JUMP – 12:30 p.m. Come spectate on people jumping in a freezing lake to support local children, individuals, and organizations in need. Goodyear Lake, Outside Portlandville, St. Hwy. 28, Oneonta. Info,

FROZEN TOE RACE – 10:30 a.m. 5 Mile race held regardless of weather conditions. Entry, $35. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info,

PERFORMANCE – 7:30 p.m. Local and regional talent perform Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” Ballroom Gallery of the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown Village Library. Info, or call (607)547-9777

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