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Mount Mansfield Electric Railroad
From 1897 through 1932 the Mt. Mansfield Electric Railroad connected Waterbury and Stowe. At the Waterbury rail station, slate grey, gold-lettered streetcars from the electric rail would pick up northbound Central Vermont Railway passengers.
The interurban line was powered by a substation abutting the Waterbury rail station. Industries from finished wood products to butter tubs were shipped south on the line headed for Boston and other economic hubs further south.
Betty Jones, a member of the Waterbury Historical Society stated “If you look at some of the old pictures we have of the railroad, Route 100 was just a trail. The railroad actually ran parallel to what would become the road.”
Be sure to visit Jerry Chases's Photos (link below) for a great visual overview of the line. An eBook is available as well.
- One trolley, two towns: Stowe and Waterbury
- Short Feature on the Mt. Mansfield Electric Railroad
New England Electric Railway Historical Society Bulletin
Stowe's $510 Railway by Jerry Chase