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Rutland Railroad

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Rutland 1934
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The Rutland Railway was a small railroad in the north-eastern United States, primarily in the state of Vermont but extending into the state of New York. The earliest ancestor of the Rutland, the Rutland & Burlington Railroad, was chartered in 1843 by the state of Vermont to build between Rutland and Burlington. A number of other railroads were formed in the region, and by 1867 the Rutland and Burlington Railroad had reorganized to become simply the Rutland Railroad. (wik)
Tne main line of the Rutland ran from Bellows Falls, Vermont north to Rouses Point, New York. This main connected to Boston, Massachusetts via the Boston and Maine, and at Rouses Point with the Canadian National for a connection to Montreal, Quebec. A stub line from North Bennington, Vermont ran south to White Creek, Vermont where a connection was made to the Boston and Maine and then the New York Central to New York City. The Rutland also ran east across upper New York state from Auburg, near Rouse Point, to Ogdensburg on the St. Lawrence River, and south from Bennington to Chatham, New York.
In the 30's and40's the Rutland had some fine passenger trains between Boston and Montreal and New York and Montreal. The

Rutland 1941
January 19, 1941 Rutland logo
Green Mountain Flyer was the day train with parlor car, diner and coaches, and the Mount Royal was the night train with Lounge car, diner, sleeping cars and deluxe coaches.
Timeline of the Rutland Railroad
1843 - Rutland & Burlington Railroad is chartered by the state of Vermont
1845 - The Western Vermont RR is chartered to build from Rutland to Bennington, Vt.
1851 - The Milk Car is born: the Northern RR begins shipping butter to Boston in purpose-built freight cars cooling the contents with ice.
1852 - In January the first train crosses the floating bridge at the north end of Lake Champlain between the Northern RR and the Vermont & Canada RR. The Western Vermont (Rutland-Bennington) begins service.
1857 - The Troy & Bennington RR, a subsidiary of the Troy & Boston RR signs a 10 year lease for the Western Vermont RR.
1858 - The re-organized Northern RR becomes the Ogdensburg RR.
1864 - The Ogdensburg is re-organized as the Ogdensburg & Lake Champlain RR.
1865 - Independent again, the Western Vermont RR becomes the Bennington & Rutland RR.
1867 - Rutland & Burlington reorganized to form the Rutland Railroad Company,
1870 - On March 1, the Vermont Central leases the O&LC.
1871 - Rutland RR leased to Vermont Central for 20 years
1891 - Rutland RR leased to Central Vermont for 99 years
1896 - Rutland RR returned to independence when the Central Vermont enters receivership.
1898 - The O&LC regains independence. To circumvent the Vermont Central, the Rutland RR begins building the "Champlain Island Extension" north from Burlington across Lake Champlain.
1899 - The Champlain Island Extension is completed.
1901 - The Rutland leases the O&LC.
1904 - The New York Central RR assumes control of the Rutland.
1909 - The Rutland inaugurates its first through milk train between Ogdensburg to Chatham.
1911 - The New York Central sells one-half of it controlling interest in the Rutland to the New Haven RR.
1915 - The Panama Canal Act forces the Rutland to divest itself of the Rutland Transit Company, its Great Lakes shipping operation.
1916 - On January 27 Burlington (Vermont) Union Station opens
1917 - The Rutland discontinues operations of its floating bridge between Larrabee's Point, Vt. and Ticonderoga, N.Y. The United States Railroad Administration assumes control of the U.S. railroads in an attempt to curtail car shortages
1918 - Six USRA-design Mikado type locomotives arrive. They are assigned class H-6-a.
1920 - USRA control of Rutland ends on March 1
1927 - In November floods ravage much of Vermont, crippling the Rutland.
1938 - On May 5 the Rutland Railroad enters into receivership for the first time. In July, the "Save the Rutland Club" is formed. On August 4, on the verge of total abandonment, the Rutland is given a reprieve when union employees agree to a wage reduction.
1939 - In January the Whippet fast freight debuts in an attempt to win back freight business.
1946 - Four new Mountain-type 4-8-2's arrive from Alco. Painted a brilliant green and dubbed "Green Hornets" by Rutland crews, these will be the last new steam locomotives purchased by the Rutland.
1948 - On April 14, Trains #57 and #46, the Rutland-Alburgh locals, make their last runs.
1950 - The Mount Royal, and the Green Mountain passenger trains are still operating, as is the daily to and from Ogdensburg.
1950 - Rutland Railroad reorganized as Rutland Railway
1951 - Gardner Caverly becomes vice-president of the Rutland. On May 21, the last train, a mixed, runs on the Addison Branch.
1952 - In December, permission is granted by the ICC to abandon the Chatham Branch.
1953 - On May 20th, train #88 becomes the first Rutland train to use the new trackage rights agreement to reach Chatham via Troy, NY. Beginning June 26, a three week strike, the first in the railroad's history, shuts down the Rutland. It spells the end of passenger service.
Rutland Map NY
Rutland North New York Branch to Ogdensburg

1953 - During the summer, scrap crews remove the "Corkscrew Division" between Chatham, N.Y. and Bennington, Vt. They reach Bennington on August 7.
1954 - Gardner Caverly becomes president, and the "rebirth" of the Rutland begins.
1955 - The Rutland is now a freight only railroad.
1955 - In May, the three 4-8-2 Mountain types, just 9 years old, go to scrap.
1961 - Final strike begins on September 25 On December 4 the Rutland applies to the ICC for total abandonment
1962 - ICC holds abandonment hearings during March and April in September the ICC approves abandonment effective January 29, 1963
1963 - Abandonment date postponed to May 20 On May 29, the state of Vermont passes a bill providing for the purchase of sections of the Rutland. One era ends and another begins.
2002 - The Vermont Rail System has just completed purchase of the New York & Ogdensburg Railroad between Norwood and Ogdensburg including the line to Norfolk, the old N&StL. This puts all remaining Rutland tracks back under one ownership. History repeats itself! The final details are being worked out and the VRS should start running trains soon.
2008 - Much of the right-of-way was purchased by the State of Vermont. The Northern Division across the top of New York State from Ogdensburg to Norwood remains in tracks. Interestingly, it is operated by Vermont Railway, so all the remaining trackage of the Rutland is operated by one company. Ownership of the railbed from Norwood to Burlington has been dispersed, but a 21 mile section from Norwood to Moira is the multi-use Rutland Trail.
Rutland Map VT
Rutland Main Line

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