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RUTLAND RAILS BEYOND THE 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 Philip R. Jordan looks at the Rutland’s successors — the Vermont Railway and Green Mountain Railroad — with a tour of the lines between Burlington, Vermont, and North Walpole, New Hampshire.


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Western Maryland “Big Six”leads a freight train towards the summit of Bald Knob on May 19, 2012, as part of the Cass Scenic Railroad’s Railfan Weekend (above). That night a little conductor stopped by the Cass depot to chat during the photo session (below). The previous night found Shays Nos. 5 and 4 at the Cass water tank.


BACK IN THE 1980s I was a regular at-


tendee of the railfan weekends sponsored by the Mountain State Railroad & Logging His- torical Association at the Cass Scenic Rail- road in West Virginia. The ride up to Bald Knob (second highest point in the Mountain State) never got old, and I always enjoyed the ambiance of the logging town, from the company houses to the company store. The first couple of years I “commuted” to


Cass each day. With only two small motels within striking easy striking distance, early reservations were a must — and I usually


procrastinated long enough to not get a room at the Boyer or the Hermitage. Thus, I wound up staying some 30 miles away in Marlinton. The first year in Marlinton, Frank Garon and I decided to take the “local road” from Cass southward after the Friday night activities. That twisty, narrow road wound up having several unmarked forks and we made our best guess as to which way we should go in the very dark darkness. Somehow we made it to Marlinton alive. Af- ter that adventure, we always went out to Route 28 and headed south.


PHOTOGRAPHY: STEVE BARRY / NIGHT PHOTO LIGHTING: MOUNTAIN STATE RAILROAD & LOGGING HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION


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