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  • Vermont's Granite Railroads. The Montpelier & Wells River and the Barre & Chelsea (Jones)

Traces the history of railroading in north-central Vermont with a focus on the Montpelier-Barre area from the 1870s to 1983. Readers gain a clear sense of how these lines fit into the regional and international rail network, and how larger-scale social/economic factors affected the economic viability of railroads. The focus isn't solely on serving granite quarries and cutting sheds, but includes a wider range on the mix of passenger and freight at different times in the period covered. There are over 300 B&W photos and diagrams. This book is very well written, and should be of interest to people interested in economic waxing/waning of an industry, Vermont history generally, and to model railroaders interested in New England layout themes. There are not many detailed routing schedules, but there is enough information on various kinds of industries and uses that were served (excursion trains to Boston, local lakes or the White Mountains for example) that modellers could work up their own schedules based closely on real uses. There are 11 hand-sketches (no scale) showing track/siding details for larger or smaller areas in Vermont and New Hampshire - mostly in Barre City (1890, 1900, 1910, 1914, 1985) and Montpelier (1895, 1915, 1925). 1985 Pruett Publishing. Hardcover with dw. VG, spine slightly sunned. 277pp. FH-3C52-1AGI

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Vermont's Granite Railroads. The Montpelier & Wells River and the Barre & Chelsea (Jones)

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