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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 171
Posted by: Espee99 ()
Date: August 31, 2015 05:11PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 171 - 08/31/15

This day in Railroad History

August 31, 1877
This was an exciting day in the towns of Billerica and Bedford, Massachusetts. People from near and far travelled to these rural communities to witness the opening of "America's First Two-Foot Gauge Common-Carrier Railway". The B&B was a novel engineering concept --one that promised to solve a local transportation problem and to do so relatively cheaply. However, traffic was insufficient, and the line failed. The 2 ft equipment was sold to the new Sandy River Railroad near Rangely, Maine. The Boston & Lowell Railroad in 1885 opened a standard-gauge extension of its Lexington Branch over the former B&B roadbed, which lasted until 1962. The 2 ft Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad is still operating today.

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This year’s convention of the National Railway Historical Society ran June 13-21, and was based in Rutland, Vermont, a very old and historic city in the western part of the state which is at the junction of four rail lines. The convention featured excursions over all four lines, three of which are mostly freight-only and provided “new mileage” for serious mileage collectors.

On June 18th a chartered passenger train was operated on the Vermont Rail System (VRS) between Rutland and Burlington, VT. The all-day, 140 mile round trip excursion ran over the freight-only Vermont Railway. The 12 car train was powered by VRS GP40 No. 301 and VRS GP40-2LW No. 311, painted in a striking red, white and gold 50th anniversary paint scheme. This is the return trip three miles north of Leicester, Vermont.

Alex Mayes Photo

I have 3 photos left in the queue, therefore, I will publish through 9/2/15. After that issue we will stop publication unless someone can gather the news for the next 4-5 months. If you would like to help contact Thanks.

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