RAILS BEYOND THE RUTLAND by Philip R. Jordan
The Rutland Railway shut down in 1961, ending an era in New England railroading. Three years later the railroad was revived by the state of Vermont and began operation as two different companies. Author
Rutland’s successors — the Vermont Railway and Green Mountain Railroad — with a tour of the lines between Burlington, Vermont, and North Walpole, New Hampshire, as well as numerous black & white photos illustrating rolling stock and structures of both. Steam is repesented through a look at Steamtown’s tenure on the Green Mountain in Bellows Falls, and oddball diesels are presented on the CLarendon & Pittsford, which connected with the Vermont at Rutland. Locomotive and rolling stock rosters are included, as well as a map.
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the Warwick Valley Dispatch arrived, and Boyd explained to her what was going on. Soon, the L&HR crew was heard on the ra- dio getting ready to depart the yard. Mo- howski raised them on the radio and had them stop about a half-mile from Baird’s so everyone could get ready.
Link made all his last-minute checks, everything looking good. He backed the shutter speed down from ¹⁄₂₀₀ to ¹⁄₁₀₀ for extra insurance against the cold. Vericolor film was loaded into the two 4×5s set up for hor- izontals at f9.5, and Ektachrome was in the vertical for the cover format. Everything was ready! Mohowski called engineer Jim Rader on the radio and gave him the high- ball. In Boyd’s words, “L&HR freight NE-3 with C420s 24 and 23 and five freight cars erupted into the scene. The Alcos rapped out a beautiful plume of smoke as Rader worked them against the train brakes. FLASH! Everything worked!”
As previously arranged, the train stopped just clear of the crossing, and backed up for one more attempt. Bulbs were changed out, and Link reloaded his camera with Tri-X. This time, he would do the shot with open flash instead of using the camera synchro- nization. Mohowski called the L&HR crew and have them ease through the scene at five m.p.h. Once more, Link lit up the scene, and Mohowski radioed, “Highball, NE-3, and thank you very much, gentlemen.” As complex as the set-up was, it only took about two hours to break down and pack up all the equipment. By some stroke of good fortune, the crew found an Italian restau- rant open in Warwick at 10:30 p.m., and en- joyed a hearty pasta dinner and a bottle of
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This would be Link’s last large-scale syn- chronized night photo session until a British production crew came to America in 1990 to document his work. That year, Link headed up to the Rome Locomotive Works in Rome, N.Y., to do “one last” shot of his Canadian Pacific 4-6-0 for the documentary Trains That Passed in the Night (see January 1991 MARKERS). —O.M.V.
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