The Rutland Railway Association announces the reopening of its Center Rutland Museum and model train exhibit at the Center Rutland Depot at 79 Depot Ln. across from the Carris Reels main plant.
The new hours are every Saturday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. It is also open to tours by prior appointment and use by individuals and organizations.
Business meetings occur at 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month.
The depot is one of the last remaining depots of the former Rutland Railroad and was shared by the two railroads that passed it enroute to Rutland-the Delaware and Hudson Railroad and the Rutland Railroad. Carris Reels Corporation has allowed the use of the depot for the past eight years.
The museum of the Rutland Railway Association features a large collection of maps, displays, pictures, railroad magazines,books, artifacts and interesting items from the history of the Rutland Railroad.
The members of the Rutland Railway Association are constantly building and operating both a large HO-scale layout and N-scale model layout at the Center Rutland depot.
The N-scale model railroad is being rebuilt to model parts of the Rutland Railroad. The association owns Rutland Railroad caboose 45 (later numbered Vermont Railway 3).
Thousand of man-hours went into rescuing the caboose, moving it to Center Rutland and building a display track, where it currently sits awaiting full restoration.
The caboose had been located on the former Addison Branch of the Rutland Railroad in Leicester Junction. Through a donation by OMYA and the Vermont Rail System, the caboose moved from Leicester to Center Rutland.