Rutland Railway

Bangor, New York

Progress has been made. The staging yards are now complete and work has begun on the main line.


The Station is a Rutland Car Shops resin kit for the 16x40 plan station. This station isn't right for Bangor but will do as a placeholder for now.



Blue is my favourite colour

Drywall sanding for all new layout areas is done. I'll still have a bit to do when I rip out the drywall around the hydro panel and redo that. But at least most of the drywall is done and I can get started on the new layout. Also completed is the painting of the new areas, a nice shade of sky blue from Home Hardware. A coat of primer, two of sky blue and I am off to the races. I'd be putting stuff on the walls today if it wasn't for the paint still drying.

Addendum: Painted half the second coat with old paint, rest of coat in new paint, two are slightly different. So a third coat is required!!!


Caught on film

The section of the Rutland I model is the former Ogdensburg Sub or Ogdensburg and Lake Champlain (OLC). The only surviving section of this line is the 20 mile run from Norwood NY to Ogdensburg NY, which is owned by the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority and run by Rutland successor road, Vermont Railway System.

With operations occurring three times a week, it is hard to catch this elusive railroad in action. That was until yesterday when I photographed VTR's 802 (a GP-18) hauling a single car from the port at Ogdensburg to go back to Norwood. The following photos were taken at the grade crossing on Route 37 on the outskirts of Ogdensburg.


Researching Operations

One of the challenges with modeling a prototype set in 1959 is that it's 2012. I was born 15 years after the Rutland ceased operations and while I am close geographically to where I model, my interest in the line is less than five years old meaning I am playing a lot of catch up.

The "easy" part has been deciding on a segment to model and getting track diagrams. Thanks to the epic works of Robert Nimke, track diagrams, building plans, ICC Valuation Maps, fire plan maps and other valuable material have been collected into a series of books on the Rutland.

The hard part is how to operate it once you have something built. One of the reasons why I chose to model the segment I did was in part because of the New York Central trackage rights over the line. The New York Central, previous owner of the Rutland, operated a number of overhead trains between Norwood and Malone Junction. After the discontinuance of the NYC's Adirondack Subdivision as a through-route, more traffic went via the rights on the Rutland up until the strike in 1961 ended the Rutland. Those trains were Utica-Montreal runs that carried a lot of cars from Canadian roads returning to Canada.

From Internet I have learned that there was more traffic diverted over the Rutland line in the winter when snow was an issue on the Adirondack line, but that only relates to traffic before the Adirondack Line was shuttered.

From what I have seen, in 1959 there was between four and six NYC trains run, UM-1/MU-2 which was a symbol freight. Also run were two to four extras.

As for the Rutland, in 1959 two trains each way were run. A local from Malone to Ogdensburg (MO-1/OM-2) and the Norwood to Rutland overhead train (XJ-1/JX-2). The XJ-1 handed off cars to the NYC at Norwood and picked up blocks of cars from the NYC to run to the connection with CN(CV) at Alburgh, B&M at Bellows Falls, as well as connecting traffic with the St. Johnsbury & Lake Champlain and Maine Central.

The big challenge with all of this is that there has been no comprehensive article written about this. Most of the information is just little snippets. Thus if anyone has more information, please email me.