A Remembering the Rutland Capsule History


WORKING THE MILK
WITH JOHNNIE McKEAN
by Steve Mumley


Note: This account was originally published in Volume V, Part 2 of Bob Nimke’s series of books "The Rutland 60 Years of Trying."  It is re-published here with the kind permission of the author.

For more information on the Rutland's milk trains, have a look at another of Steve's capsule histories: "Milk Train."

To view photographs of Rutland milk trains, check out the Milk Trains Photo Gallery.


The following information was taken from Conductor John McKean's Record Book. It records the crew and consist of train No. 8, the Ogdensburg, NY-to-Alburgh, VT mixed train.  The average day would be from six to eight hours and would earn a trainman about $15.00 to $20.00 depending on overtime.  New York State law required the additional, third ("swing") brakeman, who would get off at Alburgh and return to Ogdensbug the next day, working on No. 7.  The rest of the crew worked through to Rutland.  One brakeman would most likely have been in uniform and worked the coach or, in this case, the combine.

DATE: May 20, 1952
ENGINE: 400
RUN: Ogdensburg to Alburgh Train No. 8
LEAVE: 6:45 a.m.
CREW:
Conductor:  J. B. McKean  John
Engineer:  F.S. Hurteau  Frank
Fireman:   H. A. Surprise Harold
Brakeman:  G. J. Newtown  Gerry
Brakeman:  R. A. Dragon   Bob
Brakeman:  J. S. Sims    Jimmy


THE CONSIST:

MILK & PASSENGER CARS

ROAD

No. TYPE CONTENTS FROM TO
RUT 253 Combine Crew Ogdensburg Alburgh
" 344 Milk 122 Cans " Boston
" " " 10 Cans " Keene
" " " 15 Cans " Greenfield
" " " 10 Cans " White River Jct
" " " 3 Cans " St. Johnsbury
" " " 14 Cans Chateaugay Worcester
" " " 52 Cans Champlain New York City
(60th Street)
BM 1671 Milk 250 Cans Chateaugay Hartford, CT
NX 1354 Milk 2,530 Gals. Chateaugay Boston

 

FREIGHT CARS HANDLED

ROAD

No. TYPE CONTENTS FROM TO
RUT 7047 Box Empty Lisbon Malone
B&O 385389 Box Empty Lisbon Alburgh
SOU 23149 Box Seed Norwood Winthrop
DLW 83583 Hopper Coal Norwood Winthrop
PRR 743060 Hopper Coal Norwood Winthrop
NP 25453 Box Feed Norwood Moira
SFRD 5085 Reefer Berries Rouses Point Alburgh
D&H 3213 C/H Slate Rouses Point Alburgh, NYC

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