A Remembering the Rutland Capsule History
WORKING THE MILK
Note: This account was originally published in Volume V, Part 2 of Bob Nimkes 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
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