See one of New England’s regional railroads just as steam was giving way to the diesel locomotive. Two local railfans, Andy Schools and Bill Radcliff, Sr., independently, but following the same path, each set out with a vengeance to capture the Central Vermont’s last days of steam in the mid 1950’s.
The Central Vermont had not yet dieselized and so presented a great opportunity for Schools and Radcliff. Thanks to their efforts, we can follow the CV’s feisty and fast running Consolidations through the four seasons.
Towns featured are New London, Yantic, Willimantic, Tolland and Stafford Springs in Connecticut, Monson, Palmer, Belchertown and Miller’s Falls in Massachusetts and Brattleboro, Essex Junction and St. Albans in Vermont. Parent Canadian National sent their excursion locomotive, giant 4-8-4 number 6218, to the CV for a trip between White River Junction, Vermont, and New London. You’ll see her in all her glory, in full color! The CV also ran many foliage excursions behind the Consols using New Haven coaches. In a side trip, we visit the diminutive steamers of the “Rock of Ages” quarry.