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4 Days Railfanning in Vermont

In July of 2007, an old college buddy and I spent 4 days chasing down railroad activity in Vermont (with a little action in Massachusetts as we started out).

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Our first stop was in Palmer, MA, where we found a CSX freight crossing the NECR diamond.

SD70MAC's 4789-4726 were on the front.

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Also in Palmer we found NECR 3845-4047.

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Heading north, we stopped at Millers Falls, MA, where we had quite a stroke of luck: two trains simultaneously on two different railroads. In the foreground an eastbound coal train was on GTI tracks, while off in the distance, you can just make out an approaching AMTRAK train on NECR track.

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The southbound Vermonter, with #90 hauling, passes the coal train at Millers Falls.

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Finally in Vermont, we found a tied-up NECR train at Brattleboro. Locomotives were 7362-3715-8350-9426.

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VTR #201 (GP38-2) was passing the Bellows Falls station on its way back to North Walpole for the night.

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GMR #4, the "Macintyre" at North Walpole NH.

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Now here's an oldie - GMR #405 at North Walpole NH. It's a former Rutland RS1.

17 Jul 2007

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Here's another oldie: VTR plow X20, built in 1912.

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Moving on to White River Jct, we found VTR #307 (GP-40-2).

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B&M 4-4-0 #494 has moved since my last visit to the area. On display for years in nearby Hartford, #494 was moved to WRJ a few years ago and placed under a protective canopy.

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NECR #3844 (GP38) passes the WRJ station.

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Amtrak #111 (P42) heads up the northbound Vermonter.

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Continuing northward, #101 passes NECR #5032-3851.

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NECR #5032-3851 switching in front of the WRJ depot.

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The next morning was rather misty as we found VTR #307 northbound at Newbury.

18 Jul 2007

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A little further north, VTR #307 is slowing for its meet with its southbound counterpart at Wells River.

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VTR #204 and 307 idle as the crews swap trains at Wells River.

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Up near the Canadian border, in Newport VT, we found MMA #8560 passing along the shore of Lake Memphremagog.

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The following morning we headed for St Albans, where we found NECR #3857 and 3849 in the shop.

19 Jul 2007

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Pulling out of the St Albans yard with the Burlington chip train is NECR #3852.

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Who says cabooses are gone?? Here's former CV buggy, #4044, on the rear of the chip train.

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CN #5327-6007 have just arrived and dropped their train in the St Albans yard.

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VTR #301-305-311 crossing the bridge at Cuttingsville.

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Pulling into Rutland off the Bellows Falls line are #301-305-311. We also had the Rutland switcher, #302.

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VTR #301-305-311 behind the shopping center in downtown Rutland.

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Tied up for the night at the Rutland enginehouse are #308, 302, and 301.

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The next morning we caught up with VTR #311-305-301 in Ludlow.

20 Jul 2007

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Passing the Luzenac plant in Ludlow is VTR #801.

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Our last stop of the trip was at Guilford's East Deerfield Yard. About ready to call it quits, we were rewarded with two trains at once - a coal train for the Mt Tom power plant, and MOED in the distance.

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#319-312 were on the coal train (left), while #503-308-344-506-370 headed up MOED (right).

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#503-308-344-506-370, off MOED, head for the crew change trailer.

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#319-312 head out with the Mt Tom coal train.

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#321 has pusher duty on the coal train.

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