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by Webmaster on August 17th, 2010

Recently, Chris Tirone forwarded a website to me–the Ralph Poulin Collection. In the early 60s, Ralph walked the entire Rutland (in Vermont and the portion of New York near Bennington) and photographed the right-of-way. Most of the photos are black-and-white, but there are some in color.
The collection is archived at UVM (Middlebury) and is available through the website. I’ve provided the link here (hope it works) Click here: Poulin Collection Index
Although most of the photos are just along the railroad (not much rolling stock or motive power), I’ve found the images invaluable for research. You can find tons of details and with the color shots, how things looked, e.g. track, rocks or structures.
I found a picture of Rutland’s speed limit signs and made a number of them-some are installed and the rest will be. Rutland used a sheet metal diamond, painted yellow with black numbers.
These are the kinds of details that really enhance a railroad.
Thanks, Chris.
Don Howd

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