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Railfan Day 2022 on the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley

Canadian National S7 8223 (b/n 82090) hauls the passenger consist past the photo line at Cooperstown, New York, during Railfan Day activities Saturday, August 6, 2022. The unit began life in November 1957 as CN 8223. When acquired by Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley, it was renumbered CACV 3052, then finally returned to its original CN number and repainted into CN’s later “noodle” livery. —Colton Fox

Railfan Day 2022 on the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley

October 2022By James Benetzky/photos as noted

Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad held its annual “Railfan Day” in Milford, N.Y., Saturday, August 6, 2022. C&CV, operated by the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society, and is an all-volunteer operation. The event started at 9:00 a.m. and ran through the afternoon. A day pass ticket gave attendees access to all activities scheduled throughout the day, such as speeder rides, a “big hook” crane demonstration, and an afternoon photo freight. In addition, LRHS’s narrow-gauge Milford Park Railway was operating all day.

The first equipment demonstration of the event took place at 10:00 a.m. and featured Delaware & Hudson 160-ton “Big Hook” 30021. Attendees boarded the C&CV passenger train and were taken to a field ¼ mile north of the Milford depot where they disembarked for the crane demonstration. After the passenger consist cleared, Canadian National MLW S-7 8223 did a quick photo run-by with the D&H crane and two D&H gondolas, 30088 and 30117. The crane hoisted a set of trucks out of one of the gondolas, set them on the ground, and then pulled them back into the gondola. At 11:30 a.m., there was a demon-stration of C&CV’s D&H air activated side-dump gondola 32176 and a hi-rail MOW truck in the Milford yard.

The main highlight of Railfan Day was the photo freight that ran from Milford to Cooperstown in high sun 1:00 p.m. The photo freight consisted of CN MILW S-7 8223 with some of the C&CV’s vintage rolling stock consisting of a D&H flat (ex-RDG), an ex-CP ballast hopper, a D&H “covered wagon” type boxcar (ex-PRR) and the D&H side dump gondola. Railfans were also treated to photo run-bys of the regular C&CV passenger train consist pulled by C&CV MLW S-4 3051 (ex-CN 8181), painted in a D&H tribute livery…

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This article was posted on: October 7, 2022