Rutland Railroad Archive Home


The Rutland Railroad Archives are part of the Special Collections of Davis Family Library at Middlebury College. The Archives contain photographs and other information for about 75 railroads in addition to the Rutland Railroad. Most of the material in the archives has been donated by members of the Rutland Railroad Historical Society and the archives include a great variety of resources: books, periodicals, photographs, maps, timetables, annual reports, legal proceedings, equipment inventories, stock certificates and newspaper clippings.

Open to the public for research during Special Collections hours of operation.

Rutland Railroad Historical Note
The predecessor of the Rutland Railroad, the Rutland & Burlington Railroad, was chartered on November 1, 1843 and completed the first railroad in Vermont in December 1849. In 1867 the Rutland Railroad was chartered as the successor to the Rutland & Burlington Railroad. Between 1871 and 1896 the Rutland Railroad was leased to the Central Vermont Railroad and the New York Central Railroad had a controlling interest in the Rutland Railroad from 1904 to 1911. The Rutland Railroad entered receivership in 1938 and was reorganized in 1950. Labor strikes in 1961 led to the abandonment of the railroad in 1963. The State of Vermont purchased much of the right-of-way and much of the trackage is now operated by Vermont Railway.

The railroads opened Vermont’s lumber, dairy, granite, marble and slate industries to large eastern markets and railroads also promoted Vermont as a tourist attraction. The development of interstate highways and the growth of motor vehicle usage contributed to the decline of railroads.

Descriptive Summary
Creator Rutland Railroad Historical Society
Title Rutland Railroad Archives
Dates 1849 –
Abstract: Collection of a wide variety of material relating to the Rutland Railroad, its predecessor the Rutland and Burlington Railroad, and the Central Vermont Railroad and New York Central Railroad, both of which had controlling interest in the Rutland Railroad at different times. Material types include annual reports, blueprints, correspondence, financial records, legal proceedings, ledgers, manuscript material, photographs, and valuation records.

Material in the archives is broadly arranged by material type and then alphabetically, chronologically or geographically depending on the original organization of the material received from various donors.

Scope and Content
Most of the material in the archives has been donated by members of the Rutland Railroad Historical Society.  This material has been supplemented by stock certificates, maps, legal agreements, and real photo postcards purchased from various vendors of antiquarian items.

Special Topics
Central Vermont Railway Co.
New York Central Railroad Company
Rutland and Burlington Railroad
Rutland Railroad Company
Vermont Central Railroad Company

Document types
Financial records
Legal proceedings
Mechanical drawings

The Rutland Railroad Archives was established in 2001 as a result of collaboration between the Davis Family Library at Middlebury College and members of the Rutland Railroad Historical Society. The following members have donated material to the archives: Bill Badger, Don Boucher, Warren Dodgson, Phil Jordan, Randy LaFramboise, Chris Martin, Steve Mumley, Ralph Notaristefano, and David Saums.