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Photographers' Special: 1904

Photographers' Special: 1904

Vermont circa 1904. "Summit Cut, Green Mountains. Rutland R.R. Photographers' Special." A long shot of the engine seen here hauling a carload of shutterbugs. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

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Thanks for the location

I tried to follow the route on google maps to no avail, I shall try again with the above information.

[There's a map here, from the other post. - Dave]

Excessive Engineering

Railroad Men, September, 1907.

The Bellows Falls Division extends easterly from Rutland to Bellows Falls, on the Connecticut River, 52.21 miles. Leaving Rutland, at an elevation of 566, the line climbs to Summit, at an elevation of 1,530, in about eighteen miles with a controlling grade, not compensated on four degree curves, of about seventy feet per mile. … The alignment is very uneven, the percentage of curved track is large and there are many four degree curves. One of the principal features of engineering, or the lack of engineering, on the division is the Summit cut, where the line crosses the Green Mountains in passing from the Connecticut to the Champlain Valley. This cut is in rock; it is nearly a mile long and is said to have cost one million dollars.

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