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“"The Blues Booze and Weed Train"”

Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad
Ranked #4 of 6 Tours in Cooperstown
Type: Rail Tours, Tours
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Owner description: Owned and operated by the Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and Leatherstocking Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society, this scenic railroad features vintage cars, steel-truss bridges and a restored Milford (N.Y.) depot as a destination.
Reviewed September 2, 2014

My friend and I decided to ride the rails and hopefully enjoy good food, and entertainment. What we discovered was excessive drinking, cigarette smoke, and pipes of pot being passed around stinking up the air while we tried to listen to the band!!!!
People were hitting the bar car hard and carrying four to five cans of beer with them back to the "weed" I mean music car.
The food they had for sale was pitiful; steamed hot dogs or boiled brautwurst or some sort of German sausage.
We had fun listening to the music, but felt smothered with smoke.
The worst part was we had to jump the train as soon as it hit the station and make ourway to our cars so as not to be caught up in the mi-lay of wasted party revelers who were going to be getting behind the wheel of their cars to drive home. Yikes what a nightmare.
A real disappointment for an excursion we were really looking forward to taking.

4  Thank Ann P
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

Maybe something children might enjoy. Very pricey for a slow train ride from it's origin, then back to it's origin. Went on here twice. Once with a class trip and once with a friend. Too loud outside for a conversation. Perhaps more enjoyable for a tourist wanting to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage that Upstate has to offer. Will not be making this ride again.

3  Thank yolanda g
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Reviewed June 29, 2014

Yesterday a group of friends organized a superb outing on The C&CV riding the Ice Cream train north from Milford Depot. The railroad folks very generously loaded twelve canoes and kayaks on their flatbed and then let us off the train just south of Cooperstown. We put the canoes and kayaks in the river and paddled back down to a spot close to out starting point. Most of our boats were rented from Canoe and Kayak Rental in Portlandville who dropped off our boats at the train station and then picked us up at the river. A great adventure and well worth all the arrangements. If you want to do this call ahead so they have the flat bed on the train.

5  Thank PeterinAlbany
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

First of all, I would like to start by thanking the staff of the railroad for being so incredibly accommodating in light of our special request. Ours was not an ordinary ride. For years my husband has wanted to canoe down the Susquehanna River; it starts at the south end of the lake. After doing some research he wondered if we could put our canoe on the train six miles south of Cooperstown, ride north on the train, take our canoe off the train and then paddle south. He called the people at the Railroad and they said sure! They hooked a flatbed car to the train for our canoe; we hopped on the train and they stopped along the way for us to get off with our canoe and have a lovely paddle down the river. They even gave us some suggestions about to where would be the easiest place to put our canoe in the water. The other passengers on the train were very intrigued, to say the least. We had our nine-year old granddaughter with us....she LOVED it, particularly when the train passed us heading south again and people on the train cheered and waved!! We had so much fun we are doing it again in June with other friends who said it sounded like fun. Thanks again to the great VOLUNTEER crew for a wonderful day and for being willing to "think outside the box" And to end the day, we enjoyed a delicious meal in Cooperstown before we headed back to Albany.

1  Thank albanywanderer
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We missed the fall foliage the weekend we took the train. It was a pumpkin patch train which was fun. They provided free snacks (apple cider and cider cookies) and you could purchase snacks too. This train was a working train in the 1950's-1960's (I think). The staff on the train are all volunteers and we had a nice time talking to all of them.

2  Thank LARAINE H
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