Remembering the Rutland
Rutland Q&A

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Q. #111   (01/27/02) 

What happened to Rutland instruction car No. 98 after going to the Nationale de Mexico? The Rutland sold the 98 to NdeM in September of 1956.

-Rome Romano


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Q. #112   (01/27/02) 

I have been asked to paint and letter a G gauge RS3 as a Rutland engine. Does anyone know a source of G gauge decals? Has anyone tried enlarging HO decals on an ALPS printer to make their own decals? Does anyone have or have access to an ALPS printer? This project does not call for a super detailed model (the train runs overhead at a store), but I would be interested in hearing from anyone who has built a G gauge Rutland RS3.

-Bill Badger


A (02/05/02)  

Robert Dustin makes G-scale decals for Rutland diesels, boxcars, and cabooses. Diesel set is $16, boxcar & caboose is $12. I've only talked to Robert; haven't seen the decals myself. I believe John Cook has an RS-3 at his shop in Bellows Falls painted for Rutland using these decals though.

Robert Dustin
P.O. Box 77
Thompson, CT 06277

Phone/Fax: 860-923-0174

-Tom McCullough


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Q. #113   (02/14/02) 

I am looking for information on Sunshine Feeds (later Wayne Feeds) of Middlebury, Vermont in order to model the building in HO scale. As well as photographs I am looking for advertising , signs, etc. in an attempt to accurately model a sign for the building.

-Randy Laframboise


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Q. #114   (03/03/02) 

I have recently acquired a German silver metal shield that reads Sergeant Rutland Railroad Police # 2. My question is when was Rutland RR police department formed and what year were they disbanded? Thanks for any help you can give me in this matter.

-Paul Hefty, GMRC Engineman/Conductor


A (02/24/02)  

I found out that the badge comes from the collection of a Mr. Bill Hawley, who is the secretary to the claims section of the Association of American Railroads in Chicago. Mr. Hawley bought the badge from the widow of Stanley Witkoski in the early 1950's. Sergeant Witkoski was a member of the Rutland Railroad Police in the 1930's. The badge has been stamped out (not molded) of medium grade German silver.

-Paul Hefty


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Q. #115   (03/03/02) 

I am working on a drawing of the Bellows Falls coaling tower. I need good photographic views of the back and clear views of the loading mechanism. Any unobstructed views of the front can also be useful, although I have quite a few from different angles that cover most of the front. Apparently the tower was open at the top. I have always wondered how they could use an open-top tower given the snow and cold weather. How did they keep the coal from becoming an iceberg?

-Ray Muntz


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Q. #116   (03/03/02) 

I recently acquired a headlight from a steam locomotive. The headlight includes the number boards. The engine number is 392. The family that I purchased the light from stated the light has been in the family for a long time and that the grandfather lived and died in Cavendish, Vermont. With Cavendish located on the Rutland mainline between Rutland and Bellows Falls could it possibly come off a Rutland engine? Did the Rutland RR ever have an engine number 392? If so, what type of locomotive was it, any records of operation available, photos?

-Alan Bell
(Fort Wayne, Indiana)


A (05/22/02)

Rutland RR #392 is listed in The Rutland Road as having been a Baldwin 2-6-0 built for the O&LC in 1886 as their # 314. It was again renumbered in the 1905 renumbering to #1892 and was scrapped in 1915. I have not seen a picture of the engine in any of its guises.

-Bill Badger


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Q. #117   (05/22/02) 

Are there any resident unofficial or official historians of the Norwood and St. Lawrence Railroad out there? I am specifically trying to find a roster of their steam locomotives and in particular, a photo of 2-6-0 #205 (sorry, nothing wanted on 210 or 211) for a research project. I am willing to pay all costs to acquire this photo. I would appreciate any leads or information possible. This road seems to be especially challenging from a researchers perspective.

-Don Fenstermacher


A (05/23/02)

Try the Norwood Hobby Shop in Norwood NY, proprietor Tom Jarvis, at 315-353-6621.
He may know of what you are looking for.

The enginehouse was/is located in Norfolk, NY. You might want to contact the Town Historian - Mr. Leon Burnap - at 315-384-3136.

Both of these men should be of great help to you.

-Tom Matzell


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Q. #118   (05/22/02) 

I have recently seen two Rutland Railroad brakemen's lanterns. They are both Adlakes but one has a tall globe and the other a short globe. My question regards the tall globe lantern, which has a number (7818)? embossed in the metal of the chimney. (The other lantern has no such number.) What does that number refer to? Why is it on one lantern and not the other?

-Ken Baldwin


A (06/09/02)

In my collection of seven Rutland lanterns only two are marked with four-digit serial numbers. The first one is an Adlake Reliable bellbottom #8804. The second one is a Deitz #6 bellbottom serial #2969. In talking with a few old hands it is felt that these lanterns were assigned to a certain individual [and] that persons ID number [was] stamped in the lantern frame. The lanterns that were in general service had no numbers stamped in them. On Vermont Rail System we have four-digit ID numbers.

-Paul Hefty


A (06/10/02)

I have some materials from a conductor (J.H. Bouchard) who worked on the O&LC division. On the inside cover of one of his rule books he recorded the three or four digit numbers of various items that were signed out to him. These items included a booklet on Manual Block Rules, one on Safety Rules, one on Operating Rules, and Rules Of The Rutland Railroad Company For The Operation and Supervision of Air Brake, Train Air Signal and Steam Heat Equipment. (Try saying THAT in one breath!) He also recorded the number of the switch key that was assigned to him. Unfortunately, there is no lantern number recorded.

None of the numbers were the same from one item to the next, so it would seem that the numbers relate to the item not the employee. In the case of one of the rule books, three men before Mr. Bouchard had signed the booklet out. Obviously, "The Office" must have maintained a cross-reference list of items to employees, otherwise, why bother marking the items?

By the way, I have never seen short globe lanterns stamped with this number - only the tall globe models. To me this suggests that the practice was eventually discarded.

Paul's explanation of "general service" items seems plausible too, however.

-Mark Rossiter


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Q. #119   (05/22/02) 

Can anyone list the train symbols that were used by the Rutland and what the they meant, in particular during the 1950's & 60's (e.g. symbols such as XJ-1 and JX-2)?

-Dave Poor


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Q. #120   (05/22/02)

Can someone expand on question 70 as to the operations of the Chatham Sub and the use of the 400's there? How were they rotated in and out of service there to go back to Alburgh?

-Dave Poor


A (10/27/02)

A few observations on RS-1's on the corkscrew branch to Chatham:

A quick survey of the photos I have access to of RS-1's on the Corkscrew Branch shows that all of the RS-1's (including 402, later (?) captive at Burlington) showed up on the line at one point or another, but the RS-3's seem to be more common. Also, The Rutland had not sold #400 yet, so they would have always had at least one RS-1 beyond what they needed to cover the O&LC Locals and Burlington.

-Chris Martin


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