For the modelers, Bill Badger has done a scale drawing of this caboose for the RRHS back in the late 1980's. There also has been a brass model made that may be found at RR shows or on line.
Rutland Ry. caboose #45 was built in June 1924 as #95 and renumbered as #45 five months later. Rutland #45 saw most of its service on the Ogdensburg Division, the old O&LC. In the early 1950's #45 was assigned to the Alburgh, Vt. to Norwood, NY freight. By 1960 Rutland #45 was assigned to the Alburgh to Rutland freight and could also be seen on the Vergennes, Vermont local.
Rutland Ry. #45 was kept in good repair through the years and was one of the better riding cabooses. In the mid 1960's the VTR had acquired the caboose and repainted and renumbered it VTR #3. In the mid 1970's it was retired with the arrival of newer steel cabooses. If you look in Rails Beyond the Rutland, Carstens Publication you can see #45 in it's last Rutland Ry paint scheme, green and yellow.
On to my next stop...George.
|The caboose appears to have been repainted not that long ago. The cupola must be leaking as it is now covered with a tarp. The steps at the cupola end are in bad shape and probably would not hold much weight.|