NEB&W Guide to Bartonsville, VT

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  • Town was named after Jerry Barton, the first settler.

  • This scene was an attempt was to duplicate a postcard view, with the covered bridge and fall foliage. The layout is set in September 25, 1950, when some of the trees in the higher elevations would have turned color completely, and other places would still be green.

Covered Bridge

  • The covered bridge was built in 1870 by Sanford Granger, and was 151 feet long.
    The reason this or any bridge is covered is because it has a timber truss. The truss is known as a Town lattice, invented by Ithiel Town, a Troy resident. The easily-replaceable planking protects the structural members from the weather. This 120-year old bridge still stood until recently, with new planking applied in the last ten years.
    The bridge was swept away on Aug. 25, 2011, during Hurricane Irene. (There is video of it being destroyed.) It has been replaced with a NEW authentic all-wood covered bridge, a match to this one.

  • This photo of Bartonsville, VT appeared in Jim Shaughnessy's The Rutland Road, simple but with such classic elements of New England railroading, a covered bridge and blazing autumn foliage. This picture made us want to copy it in HO scale, the first scene in the club's history that we attempted to recreate.

  • Other views of the bridge.

  • More photos on the layout.

Temporary Depot c. 1920

  • C. WWI, a passenger car was used a temporary station.

Queen Anne Depot

  • The depot, built in 1922, was a small, classic Queen Anne style building. (Queen Anne was an 1880's style, still used by the railroads at such a late date.)

  • The c. 1917 Valuation notes for this depot, a "standard" 16 x 40 foot Rutland depot.

  • Bethlehem's Rutland Car Shop Division makes a cast resin kit for the Rutland's standard depot, no. RCS-SS1, which we will eventually use in this scene.

  • As a stand-in model, we kitbashed an Atlas depot by replacing the kit roof and dormers with a simple scratchbuilt hip roof.

  • The train order board was across the tracks from the depot. (Typically it is placed on the roof of the depot so it can be activated from inside.)

Bartonsville, Not Being Modeled

  • There was a farm just west of the tracks, which on our scene, would be in the aisle.

  • Across the river was a vinegar factory, which piped vinegar across to the tracks, for loading into wooden vats on vinegar cars. I'm not sure how long it stood.