This photo essay will go up to Chester and back to Bellows Falls in a series of postings over the next few days.
Vermont Railway is a Class III line which is a short line railroad. (More here)
Bellows Falls, Vermont is a rail road hub on the Connecticut River with much rail traffic including Amtrak passing through the area. Vermont Railroad operates an excursion from Bellows Falls to Chester and back providing a scenic ride from the river valley to the lower mountains. Pulled by an Alco diesel #405 manufactured by EMD in 1971. (More data on the diesel here)
#405 ~ Motive power for the excursion in the Green Mountain Railway Livery.
On the siding at the station at Bellows Falls.
Getting on the main from the siding requires a stop at the diamond crossing track which is the mail line running up from points south. there the dispatcher gives clearance to cross over and get on the main heading to Chester.
When you crossed the diamond you crossed over this main line heading north to St Johnsbury and over to New Hampshire.
All photos at Bellows Falls Vermont 09/27/2007