Coupled, air hose connected and theFlyer is set.
#405 is ready for the return trip.
Passengers board and the return run can start.
The coaches on the train are a mix of ages, one from the ’30’s with the stained glass windows and the fabric seats.
These provided comfort for the passengers with quite a bit of leg room and reversible backs.
The other coach was a later vintage with a “new” polymer covering which proved to be longer lasting.
These seats were also in the “dining car” a snack car on the train where one could buy a lunch or beverage.
Arriving back at Bellows Falls, passengers get off the Flyer Notice the step stool at the base of the stairs of the car. Trains of the time all had those and the conductor would place that for the passengers. Very few stations had level platforms.
As you can see there is a warning about watching one’s step. At the top of the steps, under the door, there is a drop plate that does give a level entrance/exit for those places that had raised platforms.
One of the ubiquitous items found in passengers stations during the height of rail travel was the baggage cart. All passenger trains had a baggage car usually just behind the engine. After getting the boarding ticket, the Station Master had the crew place the baggage on the cart for lading onto the train.
I remember going up to the station where my Grandfather was the station master and seeing carts like this readied for loading. There also were milk trains that came through which took milk from the farms down to Boston and New York City. I’m talking about the early ’50’s; stream was still the motive power.All photos at Bellows Falls Vermont 09/27/2007