Rutland Railway

Morton Siding

I've worked on Morton Siding quite a bit recently. For those not in the know, Morton Siding is an industrial area between Malone and Malone Junction. During the 1950's, Rutland crews operated a yard switcher known as the "Malone Shifter" which did the switching at the Malone Yard, and all of the trackage in Morton Siding.


2014-08-11 003Morton Siding is a diverse area, with six businesses operating in the 1950's, and a team track. During the St. Lawrence Seaway project, Malone Gravel loaded 750-series 2-bay hoppers for gravel that was shipped to Ogdensburg. Baker's Gas was at an all-time high in traffic volume.

As you can see here, Morton Siding exists  in front of the Norwood staging yard, with a six inch high backdrop between the two areas.

With exception to an unused two-car creamery track that should be located where the white glue bottle is, the track arrangement is exact to the diagrams from the mid-1950's. Close enough for me.

The spur to the left that is hanging out over the edge, is Baker Gas. A small build-out will be located there into the aisle.

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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.




Started installing sections today.

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First the section over the freezer.

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Then this section attached to the freezer section. Legs are next and then the swing gate to connect the layout to the existing portion of the layout.


This is the layout plan for this area. Only the section to the left needs to be attached, which I will get to later this week.

After playing with arrangements for my yard throat, I think I am going to have to go with curved turnouts for that area. Joy! I had hoped to re-use some of the turnouts I had saved from before.

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Staging Yard Complete

The track laying that is.

From one track to 7, with a turn and in 50 inches. Not too shabby.


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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.


Back at it – An update

So long story short, it's been a while since I've posted anything on this blog. Very bad of me but I've been busy working on the layout.

This is the current plan, or close to it. I've changed from modelling the portion of the Ogdensburg Sub from Ogdensburg - Norwood, to Norwood - Malone. It's now a continuous loop layout with a double-ended staging yard, and three leads. The New York Central line through Norwood is now fully functioning. The new configuration allows for more operations by modelling the trackage-rights that the NYC had over the Rutland. By making this change I go from modelling 1-2 trains per session to 6-8 trains. Much better for operations.

I've decided to model three towns, although one is mislabeled; North Lawrence is actually Moira.

I will blog more about these changes and also post some photos as I post more updates.

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So much for Lisbon

After mucking around with some scenery in Lisbon to make it "presentable" for photos for an article, I had already decided to clear everything off to be able to move Lisbon down this shelf. Once it was cleared off, I started moving the components around for the track at Norwood, New York. This village has the New York Central crossing the Rutland with an unusual layout for the interchange. Norwood is one of THE most important interchanges on the Rutland, where most of the overhead traffic was passed to the NYC and it was also where NYC had running rights from here to Malone Junction.

I figured that I would need a lot of space (read depth) for this scene thanks to the interchanges. I started with the Crossing in the center, then moving the switches around until I thought I had something lined up, but didn't plan on connecting the dots...

As you can see by the pictures, its built and wired up and took half the width I expected.

I couldn't resist a meetup. Northbound New York Central DM-1(Dewitt-Massena) crosses the diamonds while 207 waits with an eastbound OA-2.

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Comparison Photos

Not completely accurate, but I was just playing around with the camera and a few models.

Lisbon, New York - 1960

Same location, 199? with a borrowed Conrail B23-7.

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10 Minutes

10 Minutes a day... thats what I force myself to do train related on models per day. Force sounds harsh but sometimes with work, family and other things known as life all around, we can't get to the basement and hide for a couple of hours to work on some trains.

I have a bunch of cars, Accurail, Bowser and such that need assembly. Every day I spend 10 minutes working on them. Sometimes it's between meetings, or while supper is on the stove, or late at night before bed. 10 minutes putting couplers on, painting wheels or just fixing the ladder on a PS-1 Box Car you pick up on Ebay for 9 Bucks.

What it's done is help me remember my hobby. If I am getting stressed about work it helps clear that stress, and meanwhile all those little projects are getting done. I just finished a three-pack of Accurail ACF Covered Hoppers, simple assembly but now my 1989 Roster has three more covered hoppers ready for ops.

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RS-1 Project

This RS-1 Project is to build three Rutland RS-1's for my layout. The RS-1's were used on locals based out of Malone, New York in the 1950's. Typically numbers 401, 403 and 405 were in rotation through Malone based on the locals AM-1/MA-2 and MO-1/OM-2. RRHS member Steve Mumley discussed during the 2012 Malone Convention how engines were rotated through Malone, starting off with AM-1 from Alburgh, Vermont. The engine would then work as the Malone Shifter, then go out to Ogdensburg as power on MO-1. It would then return the next day as power for OM-2, and then go out as power for MA-2, making the full circle. With three engines in rotation and each of the trains on a schedule of out one day, back the next, this schedule worked well.

One might ask why the engines were on such a rotation? The answer is simple, gas tax. The Rutland Railway, being a frugal outfit, would refill the diesels' in Vermont where the fuel taxes were cheaper. New York State, even in the 1950's, had much higher fuel taxes.

RS-1 #404 sometimes appeared in this rotation however #402 never did as it was equipped with a radio for switching in the yard at Burlington.

This build will chronicle the steps to building an RS-1, but as I have three in various stages of construction, the photos will be of the steps and parts, not the same locomotive from start to finish.

This unit has a Soundtraxx Tsunami AT-1000 decoder installed, programmed for an Alco 539T Prime Mover and an S3 Leslie Horn.This started out as a C&NW RS-1 that was dipped and stripped. rs1-assembled-shell
I used a 16mm by 35mm mini-oval speaker mounted over the truck in the long hood. rs1-inside
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