Vermont Rail System locomotive roster

One of America's earliest regional railroad's offers a mix of motive power
Kevin Burkholder
Commemorative GP40-2W No. 311 passes the old depot in Wallingford, Vt., in fresh snowfall on Feb. 13, 2014.
The Vermont Rail System covers all of its trains with a fleet of 23 locomotives painted and lettered for its component railroads, plus a half-dozen leasing company GP38-2s. With one exception, all the locomotives are General Motors Electro-Motive Division designs.

In 50 years of Vermont Rail System history, only the Vermont Railway has purchased new locomotives – a single SW1500, later sold, and two GP38-2s. Both Vermont Railway and affiliate Green Mountain have relied primarily on good-condition secondhand diesels. From its earliest roster of a pair of General Electric 44-tonners and a small group of Alco RS1s, the Vermont Railway purchased larger Alcos in the form of 1600 hp Alco RS3s and an assorted collection of EMDs. Green Mountain Railroad began with 1000 hp Alcos, most of which later were replaced by EMD GP9s. When Green Mountain was purchased by Vermont Railway, both railroads began to acquire newer and even larger EMDs, including GP38s, GP38-2s, GP40s, and GP40-2s. Three Green Mountain GP40s were painted in a newer version of the road’s green-and-yellow scheme, using a new logo based on Vermont Railway’s three peaks image. Several larger secondhand EMDs also are painted in Vermont Railway red, but carry Clarendon & Pittsford logos and lettering. Diesels of all three roads roam freely over the system, making for colorful consists.

The fleet appears a bit faded these days, as the company complies with strict environmental regulations on painting. Recent repaints, including 50th anniversary commemorative locomotive GP40-2W No. 311, have been performed offsite by other vendors.

Alone among the otherwise all-EMD roster stands one survivor of the original Rutland Railway: Green Mountain Alco RS1 No. 405 has really never left its home region since it was delivered to the Rutland in 1951. A veteran of many years of freight service in the first decades of the Green Mountain, the carefully maintained Alco now works mostly in passenger excursion service. But with updated braking and multiple unit controls, the 1000 hp unit can, and does, help out its bigger EMD counterparts on freights occasionally.

For more on the Vermont Rail System and its 50 years of operation, see the December 2014 issue of Trains Magazine, on sale now.
Road
No.
Model
Built  
Acquired
Heritage
Notes
NYOG
14
SW900
1951
Unk.
CRI&P
1
VTR
201
GP38-2
1972 1972 Purch. new
 
VTR
202
GP38-2 1974 1974 Purch. new
2
CLP
203
GP38 1966 1991 MEC 255
 
CLP
204
GP38-2 1973 1996 SCL 528
 
VTR
205 GP38-3 1969 2005 PC 7764
 
VTR
206 GP38-3 1969 2011 SOU 2741
 
VTR
207 GP38-3 1969 2011 SOU 2718
 
VTR
301 GP40 1967 1993 WA 701
 
GMRC
302 GP40 1971 1997 B&O 4017
 
VTR
303 GP40-2
1977 1998 B&M 314
 
GMRC
304 GP40 1971 1998 B&O 3756
 
GMRC
305 GP40 1970 1999 SCL 1606
 
CLP
306 GP40-2 1972 2000 TO&E D-15
 
VTR
307 GP40-2 1984 2004 SSW 7255
 
VTR
308 GP40-2 1977 2005 B&M 303
 
VTR
310 GP40-2LW 1976
2005 CN 9650
 
VTR
311 GP40-2LW 1976 2005 CN 9662
3
VTR
312 GP40-3 1967 2009 DRGW 3077
 
GMRC
405 RS1 1951 1965 RUT 405
 
VTR
801 GP18 1961 1983 TPW 600
 
CLP
802 GP16 1979 1993 ACL 103
4
GMRC
804 GP9R 1955 1992 N&W 13
 
NOTES:

1. Owned by Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority
2. Lettered Washington County Railroad
3. Painted in 50th anniversary scheme
4. Built as ACL GP7 No. 103 in 1950, rebuilt by SCL to GP16

ABBREVIATIONS:
CLP - Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad
GMRC - Green Mountain Railroad
NY&OC - New York & Ogdensburg Railway
VTR - Vermont Railway

ACL - Atlantic Coast Line
B&M - Boston & Maine
B&O - Baltimore & Ohio
CN - Canadian National
CRIP - Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific
DRGW - Denver & Rio Grande Western
MEC - Maine Central
N&W - Norfolk & Western
PC - Penn Central
RUT - Rutland
SCL - Seaboard Coast Line
SOU - Southern
SSW - St. Louis Southwestern
TO&E - Texas, Oklahoma & Eastern
TPW - Toledo, Peoria & Western
WA - Western of Alabama
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