The Green Mountain Flyer #4

Coupled, air hose connected and theFlyer is set.Green Mt. Flyer
#405 is ready for the return trip.Green Mt. Flyer
Passengers board and the return run can start.Green Mt. Flyer
The coaches on the train are a mix of ages, one from the ’30’s with the stained glass windows and the fabric seats.Green Mt. Flyer
These provided comfort for the passengers with quite a bit of leg room and reversible backs.Green Mt. Flyer
The other coach was a later vintage with a “new” polymer covering which proved to be longer lasting.Green Mt. Flyer
These seats were also in the “dining car” a snack car on the train where one could buy a lunch or beverage.Green Mt. Flyer
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.Green Mt. Flyer

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.
Green Mt. Flyer
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.Green Mt. FlyerAll photos at Bellows Falls Vermont 09/27/2007

If you get a chance to go to Vermont, check with Bellows Falls and the Flyer. The Excursion doesn’t take but four hours or so and in the autumn, is a great trip.
Book ahead for that time of year.


About Vermont Woodchuck

Professional Photojournalist since 1969 with a BFA from SUNY Purchase 1979-Visual Arts. I despise advocacy news journalism. Every photojournalist should be prepared to show their camera RAW images of news events. Reason: RAW images cannot be altered no matter what is done to the finished product.
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