Based out of Rutland, Vermont, the Rutland Railroad’s beginnings date back to the Champlain and Connecticut River Railroad in 1843. The humble 400-mile long line serviced Vermont and northern New York State up until the early 1960’s, succumbing to a long list of woes from labor issues, economic downturn and the loss of industry in the northeastern US. Most all of the Rutland Railroad trackage in Vermont was acquired by the State in 1963 and subsequently leased to the Vermont Railway (1964) and Green Mountain Railroad (1965) start-up companies. Both railroads continue in operation today as part of the Vermont Rail System.

2024 Annual Convention

The 2024 Annual Convention is planned for Bennington, Vermont- May 4 & 6. Check the “convention” page for additional information.

About the RRHS:

The Rutland Railroad Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the memory of the Rutland Railroad. They are a non-profit historical and educational organization and the society publishes a quarterly magazine, The Rutland Newsliner. The Society also hosts an annual convention which is held each spring at a location along the route of the former Rutland. – Click here to find out more…

The Newsliner

The Newsliner is the quarterly magazine for members of the RRHS. The magazine is produced with contributions from members on a variety of topics involving the history of the RRHS.


Renewals for the 2022 Membership Year cover issues of “The Newsliner” from Volume 34, Number 1 to Volume 34, Number 4, regardless of delivery schedule.


Bill Badger is the Membership Chair. Contact information is available on the Membership section of this website.

Contributing to the RRHS Website:

Contributions are welcome for photos and content, modelling articles, links and other resources. More pages will be added as resources in the near future. To contribute, email the RRHS.