Rutland Timetables (January, 1930)


Published: February 29, 2024

By: Adam Burns

Presented below is the Rutland's brief timetable listing in the January, 1930 issue of The Official Guide Of The Railways

The Rutland Railroad, once an integral part of Vermont's transportation system, served New England for over a century. Established as the Champlain & Connecticut River Rail Road in 1843, it was renamed the Rutland Railroad in 1867, and operated freight and passenger services until its closure in 1963.

Stretching 400 miles, the rail network extended from Massachusetts and New York to the Canadian border. With strategic locations, it flourished by handling traffic between New England and Canada.

Among its notable contributions, Rutland's Green Mountain Flyer and Mount Royal passenger services remain historic symbols of efficient pre-war transportation. The railroad was principally involved in agricultural freight, primarily transporting dairy, lumber, and paper products.

However, geographical constrains, a strong union, and economic downturns triggered misfortunes. Particularly devastating was the 1953 strike over wages, lasting over two years and ultimately crippling the line's financial health.

After an unsuccessful proposal to be included in the newly formed Penn Central, the railroad filed for shutdown in 1963, and operations ceased abruptly after a labor strike.

Post-closure, parts were reorganized as the Vermont Railway. Today, its legacy is preserved and celebrated at the Rutland Railroad Museum. Though mired in adversity, the Rutland Railroad played an invaluable role in shaping the industry across Vermont and beyond.

Public Timetables (January, 1930)


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