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Q. #131   (05/26/03)

1. Is the 260 the oldest continuously active revenue coach in the nation? That is to say that it has never been removed from active service. Built in 1891 it certainly might qualify. I know that there are other pieces that people say are older but usually they were ressurections of retired pieces and/or they do not see continuous duty.

2. Is the 405 the most photodraphed SINGLE diesel locomotive in North America? Can anyone suggest any one unit that has had more press than the 405?

-Scott Whitney


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Q. #132   (05/26/03)

I'm wondering if the Rutland ever used the RS-1's (or RS-3's for that matter) in helper service or pusher service up through Clarendon and over the summit of Mount Holly.   Quite a grade there... Never saw a picture of it for diesel, but I saw in the RUTLAND book by Shaughsney that in steam days helpers were commonplace. Anyone know?

-J. Mossman


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Q. #133   (05/26/03)

I am building the Bellows Falls sub in HO scale. Does anyone have plans for the Rutland roundhouse, watertank and coal tipple? Also, what color(s) were these structures?

-Joel DiTrolio


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Q. #134   (05/26/03)

What would be the proper surface for a trackside waiting area for passengers? I'm involved in the preservation of the Lisbon, NY, station, and we're trying to determine whether dirt, cinders, brick (laid out zig-zag, parallel, or perpendicular?), asphalt or earlier equivalent, wood (arranged parallel or perpendicular to the track) is the appropriate surface.

-Ed Alfonsin


A (09/01/03)

Most rural stations used crushed cinders in the passenger waiting areas.

-Armand Premo


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Q. #135   (05/26/03)

I understand that RPO cars (in general) usually traveled with the mail compartment forward, next to the tender and away from the passengers. When mail cars ran on the Rutland, were they turned at their destination and (if they weren't turned) where were they placed in the train for the return trip? Did the Rutland have a preferred orientation for RPO cars, such as the mail compartment always forward?

-Richard Munkelwitz


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Q. #136   (09/01/03)

I have lived part time ajacent to the Rutland Railroad right-of-way in Colchester since 1944. I walked the tracks as a kid as it was the shortest route to Burlington. If my memory is correct [the Rutland was] three (3) tracks wide at a point just short of the causeway to South Hero. I also seem to remember a small shelter station where the Rutland crosses the road to Sand Dunes. I know that Colchester Point was once a stop as I rode the train and I remember it listed on the ticket as a stop. I think it was only an "on demand" stop.

If any one has answers to these questions I would love to hear. I now ride my bike regularly on the old railbed. I also discovered an old water line running from the lake to the area of the sidings I mentioned before.

-Bill Hauke



Q. #137   (09/01/03)

Last year I bought an MTH O Mikado, purportedly a Rutland prototype. While it is a nice model, only the number and lettering resemble the Mikado locomotives I remember hauling freight to and from Chatham, NY. The boiler front is entirely different, with the bell projected out ahead instead of being distinctively perched on the boiler front. Also, the side tanks and pipes seem incorrect. It appears MTH took a generic USRA Mikado and simply lettered it for different roads. Has anyone encountered this model and is it possible it does follow some Rutland prototype?

-John Hetherington



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