At Chester we were given the opportunity to photograph a runby. After the
photo runby, we continued another 40 miles to Rutland, crossing the crest of the Greens.
The gorge narrows through the Proctorsville Gulf enroute to Ludlow, then
sharply climbs to the divide near Mount Holly. The broad Summit area offered views west
toward the Taconic Mountains and Vermont Valley. We were scheduled to arrive in Rutland at
12:30pm, and though we held in a siding for 20 minutes to let a 65+ car GMRR freight pass
us heading east, we arrived in Rutland almost on time. We were in time to see Amtrak's
Vermonter in the station.
After scattering to enjoy downtown Rutland and find a lunch, everyone boarded for
departure back east at 2:00pm. We had three more photo runby opportunities on the return
trip, but still made it back to Bellows Falls near the scheduled 5:30pm ETA.
travel was in restored 1920's heated coaches. And all passengers were treated to a
detailed commentary on the history and scenery along the Rutland line during the trip.
In addition, the Rail Travel Center provided passengers with maps of the route and
interesting historical articles plus a timetable from the heyday of passenger railroading
over the line. What a treat!
The Vermont Railroad Museum would like to thank the great folks at Rail Travel Center for
a great trip and for donating $5 per ticket sold where the purchaser mentioned the Museum.
We had 30+ tickets sold to Museum supporters!