Alexander Seal

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Freight 376

Rigby - St. Johnsbury Through Freight

Class S locomotives worked in rotation out of Rigby from the Portland division and were most often asigned to train 376, the big through freight for St. Johnsbury and occasionally as helper engines at Bartlett. After leaving Rigby after midnight, and after a water stop and inspection at Hiram, 376 arrived at Bartlett at dawn. The first order of business was to set off the east and westbound local cars in ther lower yard, then proceed to the freighthouse to drop off the way car of L.C.L. freight. Next, the locomotive shuffled off to the enginehouse to take coal and water and clean the fire. While these tasks were being performed the crew ate lunch. The helper engines, in the meantime, had been spotted ont he east leg of the wye. If 376 had two engines out of Rigby, because of the extra tonnage, one helper would be used on the rear instead of the usual two. Sometimes a helper was placed at the head end to Miles Pond or St. Johnsbury. At Miles Pond, the engine would cut off and return to Bartlett. If the helper went all the way to St. Johnsbury, it would return later in the day on 375 and be dropped at Barlett. After picking up the way car, 376's engine back down onto its train which had been left on the mainline wast of the station, and then hauled up to the upper yard. The train stopped with the caboose east and just clear of the wye switch. The it uncoupled and the train moved ahead. The helpers backed off the wye, coupled to the caboose, moved ahead and coupled to the train. Signal whistles echoed from the headend to the rear and all was ready for the struggle ahead, 14½ miles of rugged mountain grade. At Crawfords station the train stopped with the rear just east of the passing siding. The freight, after uncoupling from the helper engines, pulled ahead to clear the passing siding switch. The the helpers uncoupled from the caboose and moved to the passing siding, clearing the mainline. The freight then backed down and coupled onto the caboose and continued on to St. Johnsbury. The helpers returned to Bartlett light. The remainder of 376's trip would be easy, with a water stop at Carroll Tank and also pick up westbound cars set off by local freight 377 from Beecher Falls. Whitefield also had westbound cars to be picked up.

Freight 376 Extra / 2nd 376 / Portland Extra

With the increase in traffic during the war years, it became necessary to put on a five-day-a-week extra fright to St. Johnsbury in 1946. Invariably called 376 Extra, 2nd 376, or the Portland Extra, it would depart Rigby Yard before dawn and would arrive at Bartlett around mid-morning with one or two Mikados on the headend. As with 376, the extra also got a push over the top of the hill.

377

Freight 375

Freight, 375, the eastbound through train, left St. Johnsbury around 3:45pm with 376's engines which were serviced earlier. The return trip of 375 wasted little time. At stop was made at Carroll Tank to take water, then a pause at Crawford at the head of the notch to inspect the train, turn up the retainers and to pick up any eastbound cars left by 377. After decending the grade to Bartlett the train highballed for Rigby.

Freight 375 Extra / 2nd 375 / Portland Extra

Returned to Rigby after 375 had departed.

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to Portmand