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Vermont Rail System Freight Train BDRD South from Burlington to Pittsford

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Published on Sep 1, 2012

On a cloudless, gorgeous Sunday August 26, 2012, southbound Vermont Rail System train BDRD works its way through the Champlain Valley from Burlington, VT to Rutland, VT. We start off with the northbound RDBD entering the limits of Burlington Yard through a quiet-zone crossing with 4-quad gates. Not long after, the power uncoupled from the Northbound and attached to the Southbound train, which was prepared by the daily yard switcher / local. BDRD was bound for Rutland at its normal just-after-noon-ish departure. There was immediate disappointment once we realized a lease locomotive would be on the point for the southbound run, but nevertheless, being the only train out there to chase in such nice weather, we stuck with it.

The chase begins by the station in Shelburne as the train passes an old signal. This is about the highest track-speed on the section of jointed rail between Burlington and Rutland.

The next location, just north of New Haven Junction, by-passes the section of welded rail in Charlotte, as the train slows to 25—even 10 MPH after passing. As the train goes away, the front ridge of the green mountains are visible in the background, however, the tracks will turn away from them, and head toward New Haven Junction and then Middlebury. We caught up to the train at another rural crossing below New Haven Junction, and had plenty of time to beat them to Middlebury. There is no video of the train passing through Middlebury since the train stopped, which didn't cooperate with the shot I had planned...also the sun angle was very bad, so we just jumped to another rural crossing below Salisbury.

Finally, the train sets off slurry cars for OMYA in Florence, while the train is technically making the set off on the main in Pittsford.

There is a break in the video for an ad since the remaining 8 minutes from this point on includes the switching and take-off at this location. Pittsford would be the last location to see BDRD since we did not beat the train to any good locations in Proctor. The plan was to catch it crossing highway 3 above Center Rutland, however, the trains tend to sit for a long, unknown amount of time before receiving permission into the Rutland yard limits, and with dinner and a long drive back to Northfield yet in hand, as well as the light angle getting worse with time, we did not stick around for the final shot.

Anyway, I hope you all enjoy something different in this video, thanks for watching!

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