Today in history, 103 years ago

Rutland Boat goes aground Steamer Burlington Stranded in fog at Buffalo Buffalo, Sept. 11 – The steamer Burlington of the Rutland Transit company’s fleet grounded about 200 feet from the breakwater, near the middle gap, in the fog early yesterday morning. The Burlington was coming into port, checked down on account of the thick weather,…

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ALCos For Sale

In Volume 16, Number 2 of the RRHS Newsliner, Robert W. Adams wrote an article titled “How Rutland RS1 #405 Became GMRC #405”. That article included a chart from his collection, dated July 31, 1962, showing information on the Alco RS-1’s and RS-3’s, their mileage totals from the Rutland as of that date, and their…

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80’s and 90’s on the Rutland

In Volume 16, Number 2 of the RRHS’s magazine, The Newsliner, author Robert W. Adams wrote an article called “Remembering the Rutland’s 80’s and 90’s class Steam Power”. The 80-series steam engines were 4-6-2’s and patterned, like much of the “newer” Rutland steam roster, after New York Central designs. Engines 80-82 were classed K-1 engines…

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The Rutland’s Uncertain Future

Many things have been written over the years in the RRHS magazine, The Newsliner, about the Rutland’s fortunes in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. The end-game of the Rutland was settled by the struggle between the operating unions and management, but there were other factors at work and this was known to some in…

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How much did it cost to dieselize the Rutland?

From Volume 17, Number 1 of the Rutland Railroad Historical Society’s publication, “The Newsliner” via contributor Steve Mumley: #500 – GE 70 Ton Locomotive. Purchase Price, $74,895. Down payment, $14,895. $60,000 financed with Killington Bank and Trust Co. #400-405 – Alco RS-1 – Purchase price each, $114,283. Total price, $685,698. Down payment, $367,000. Balance financed…

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