COOPERSTOWN _ A train is coming to Railroad Avenue in Cooperstown from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday as the village has its first Railroad Festival.

At noon, a Coopertown & Charlotte Valley Railroad train will leave its home station in Milford, heading north along the Susquehanna River.

Powered by a 1950s-era vintage diesel locomotive, the train will have open and closed cars, with plenty of room for visitors to peruse the countryside as they make their way to the village.

For the second time this year, the train will bisect Cooperstown, stopping just short of Railroad Avenue at state Route 80, within sight of the headquarters of the New York Susquehanna & Western Railway.

``If the crossing at Route 80 were still there, we'd come all the way,'' C&CVR President Bruce Hodges said Wednesday as he inspected the festival site, the grounds of the former Agway Building.

Hodges said he was heartened by people's reactions to the train's first trip along these tracks last month.

``We were worried some might complain about noise, but they were glad to see a train in the village," he said.

This time, the train will park by Route 80 and riders will join others across the road, where the sidewalk cafe Boxcar Barbecue has been set up. Venders and artisans will sell their wares, and Cherry Valley's Cherry Pickers will play bluegrass music.

``We'll have lots for people to see and do, we're even offering a chair massage,'' said Katy Bouton, who will be selling Brewery Ommegang beer in a special section of the festival.

Parking will be available, she noted.

The former Agway Building was purchased by Mike Manno of Cooperstown in April. On Thursday, he said it will be open for tours Sunday.

``A lot of people have been inside, but not many have seen it since it was opened up,'' Manno said.

The drop ceiling in the 100-foot-by-40-foot structure has been removed, revealing a grain elevator and other original features, he noted.

``This festival is really for local people,'' he said. ``We want them to have a good time at this end of town.''

The train will be back in Milford at 6 p.m., Hodges said.

The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad is operated by the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society.

For more information or to reserve tickets, call 432-2429 or visit the railroad's website at

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