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NRHS 2015 Convention Rutland-Burlington Trip and Roundhouse Tour 6/18/2015 Part 2

by Chris Guenzler

The train continued to roll the miles north towards Burlington.

Views of the very beautiful and scenic Lake Champlain. The train pulled into the greater Burlington area.

Passing through the Vermont Railroad Yard and Roundhouse.

Views as we arrived at Burlington. Due to the City of Burlington painting the Bike Trail at our deboarding location it took longer to unload the passengers from the train. Once all the passengers were off, the Roundhouse Tour group met. Everyone had to have a hard hat, safety glasses, safety vest and steel-toed boots or shoes to be able to go on this unique NRHS Tour of the Burlington Roundhouse.

Tickets were collected and we walked down the bike path to the roundhouse in Burlington.

NRHS Burlington Roundhouse Tour

Burlington Yard is squeezed between Maple Street (MP 121.6) on the north and Flynn Avenue (MP 120.4) on the south. In between is the former Burlington Yard Drawbridge which crosses a canal into Lake Champlain.

There was a water station here in 1949. During steam days, Burlington was shown to have two 50,000 gallon water tanks, with a daily demand of 100,000 gallons.

Today, there is a brick 7-bay roundhouse and turntable to the west. This facility handles all major locomotive repairs and inspections for the VRS. Further to the west are the corporate offices of the Vermont Rail System, located on the shore of Lake Champlain.

Between the roundhouse and the mainline are several tracks with interesting names such as interchange, coach and cripple. To the east is a railroad-served transload terminal and petroleum facility. The transload facility, operated by Barrett Trucking, receives Cargill road salt for regional distribution. Barrett also hauls in rock and ballast for loading into rail cars. The Global Partners petroleum terminal receives rail shipments, generally brought up from Albany (NY) via Whitehall (NY). Between are several tracks used to store, switch, and repair freight cars. these tracks are numbered 1 through 8 heading to the east.

Vermont Railroad GP-40-3 312 ex DRGW.

Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad GP-38-2 204 ex SCL.

The wheel sets and backside of the Burlington Roundhouse.

The Vermont Railroad gave us a safety briefing before we went inside the roundhouse to start our tour. They had yellow safety tape leading a path through the active roundhouse in Burlington.

Vermont Railroad GP-40-2 307 ex SSW.

An empty roundhouse stall.

Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad GP-18 204 ex ACL.

The owner of this roundhouse in Burlington.

The Paint Shed of the Vermont Railroad in the roundhouse.

Washington County Railroad GP-38-2 202 was purchased new by the Vermont Railroad and it is up in the air as they are working on the traction motors in the truck.

Locomotive trucks and traction motors.

The elevated Washington County Railroad GP-38-2 202.

Views outside of the roundhouse and Burlington turntable.

Burlington Roundhouse scene.

Providence & Worcester GP-38 2011.

Canadian Pacific MP15AC 1404.

Green Mountain GP-40 302 ex B&O.

Roundhouse scene. I walked over to Lake Champlain for a few pictures of it.

Beautiful but very windy Lake Champlain in Burlington.

Our roundhouse tour group members.

Roundhouse scenes in Burlington.

Yard scene in Burlington.

Two more views of the Canadian Pacific MP15AC 1404. This ends our tour of the Vermont Railroad Roundhouse in Burlington. A very big thank you to the Vermont Railroad for having us here today at their roundhouse in town.

I started back to the boarding location in Burlington, Vermont.

The bay in Burlington. Next I can never pass up locomotives in perfect light.

Vermont Railroad GP-40 311 ex WofA.

Vermont Railroad 311 GP-40-2LW ex CN. I continued my walk back to our boarding location.

Burlington Union Station. I walked to the next grade crossing and found a outdoor grill and had a hot dog and Coca-Cola. I then walked inside the lower level of Burlington Union Station to use a bathroom.

The Train Ball inside Burlington Union Station.

The waiting area inside of the Burlington Union Station.

The Trip Back to Rutland

The Train left at 4:00 PM and started out of Burlington but stopped for one person whose watch had stopped running.

Later we crossed the New Haven Bridge.

The passengers in my Rutlland Railroad Combine 280.

Otter Creek at Middlebury.

Interesting sky to our west on the trip back to Rutland.

A caboose used by a Gas Company.

The Rutland Railroad station in Leicester. It was announced that we would do a pair of photo runbys at Proctor. When we arrived we unloaded the passengers two of three photo lines. I took the highway bridge into town for mine.

Back up move 1 at Proctor.

Photo Runby 1 at Proctor.

Back up move 2 at Proctor.

Photo Runby 2 at Proctor. We all returned to the train to reboard for the trip back to Rutland. I made one more trash run and put up a new trash bag in my car, I thanked my passengers for coming and gave them the times for tomorrow's trip to Omya. We arrived into Rutland and I swept the train for any lost items. With no lost items left onboard, I detrained after another great NRHS trip. A special thank you to the Vermont Railroad for having the NRHS on their train today. We stopped at KFC and returned to the Days Inn for the evening.