The Fabled Rutland Milk in New York State

As you know if you are a regular reader, we have covered the “Fabled Rutland Milk” a lot. We even named it “FABLED”.  But we  mostly talk about the era when it went through Troy.

The Rutland Milk started in Ogdensburg, went across the top of New York State, crossed into Vermont and turned over to New York Central at Chatham for trip to New York City.

Well , the New York Central ran it from Chatham to New York City:

In the Third Quarter 2015 publication of the New York Central Historical Society, Jack Shufelt supplied some comments regarding the “North White Plains: Equipment, Facilities, and Operations” article.

“F-Ms were not the only power used on the daily Rutland Milk train in the 1950s. Alcos and GMs were also used. It was all based on whatever 72nd Street had ready. In the old days, the Rutland Milk were trains #77 and #88, not #87 and #88. Both #77 and #88 were eliminated from the ETT by 1935. By the 1940s [they were] trains NK-1 and KN-2.

“[Regarding the] photograph of the 4525 at North White leaving or ready to leave with the Rut. Milk, [the] date of photo is 1950 and it is stated that this engine was a regular on that train. Page 95 of Lou Grogan’s book shows what I believe to be the same photograph after he began to move as it has the same locomotive and identical equipment up to the slide off tank car. That photo shows a date of 1948. The 1022 is [shown] doing that work in January of 1949. I think January 1950 may be more accurate. I know that the Rut was dieselized in the autumn of 1949 so that is why I think it was January 1950. I remember the first run as it stopped at Millerton to wait for, likely, No. 15 to clear the block at Hillsdale. Got to climb up and look around.

“Once the West Side was set up for electric the Rut Milk changed to electric at North White just like the freight trains did at Harmon destined to 72nd Street.



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