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Southern Vermont Interurbans

Maps and Details on the Interurbans Systems in New England

Trolley - Bennington, VTSouthern Vermont is mountainous and sparsely populated, especially in comparison to the neighboring states of New York and Massachusetts. By the late 1890s, Rutland, Bennington, Brattleboro, Bellows Falls and Springfield all had streetcar systems with some carrying freight as well as passengers. The Bennington area trolleys developed into a large interconnected system across state lines to both New York, Massachusetts and eventually even Connecticut.

Southern Vermont Area Map

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Interurban Timelines - Predecessors/Mergers/End of Life

Bennington icon

  • 1897-1907 - Bennington & Hoosick Valley Railway
    1907-1910 - Bennington & North Adams Street Railway
    1910-1927 - Berkshire Street Railway

Bellows Falls icon

  • 1899-1924 - Bellows Falls & Saxtons River Street Railway

Brattleboro (not on map)

  • 1895-1923 - Brattleboro Street Railway
    1923 - streetcars discontinued

Rutland icon

  • 1872-1890s - Rutland Street Railway Company (horse-drawn)
    1890s-1906 - Rutland Street Railway Company (electric)
    1906-1924 - Rutland Railway Light & Power Company
    1924 - streetcars discontinued

Springfield icon

  • 1897-1921 - Springfield Electric Railway
    1921-1947 - Springfield Terminal Railroad
    1947- passenger service ended
    1956 - electric locomotives replaced by diesels

Further Details

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Vermont

Bennington

Brattleboro

Rutland

Springfield

Source/Credits

Woodman

The Electric Interurban Railways in America
by George Woodman Hilton, ‎John Fitzgerald

David Rumsey Historical Map Collection - 1924 Vermont

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