1949 Rutland Railroad (Vermont) Centennial booklet + letter

$30.00 CAD

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Booklet gives summary of the railroad’s history to 1949.

Also comes with 1955 letter signed by Freight Traffic Manager. He regrets no photos of new Box Cars, but is sending a few postcards and match covers of Diesel Locomotives.

Also including 1955 Rutland Railway Corp. envelope with 3 cent postage due stamp. 

        Historical Sketch of
Issued on this Centennial Date
       DECEMBER 18, 1949
              Second Edition

Crease UR corner. Rust on center staples.

20 pages

9” x 4”

The Rutland Railroad was a railroad in the northeastern United States, located primarily in the state of Vermont but extending into the state of New York at both its northernmost and southernmost ends. After its closure in 1963 parts of the railroad were taken over by the State of Vermont and are now operated by the Vermont Railway.

The Rutland's primary freight traffic was derived from dairy products and to many the railroad is fondly remembered for the long trains of milk that used to move over the system. At its peak the Rutland served about a 400-mile system that roughly resembled an upside-down "L" running from Chatham, New York north to Alburgh, Vermont (the railroad's northernmost terminus was Noyan, Quebec) and thence west to Ogdensburg, New York along the St. Lawrence River. Never a solid financial operation, the Rutland entered receivership for the first time in 1938. Cost cutting, including wage reduction, brought things around.