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VTR #3 van (caboose) as it was in the past, and as it stands today.
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"The Buggy" as my father called
it. VTR #3, almost brand new.
"The Buggy" and what it means to my family...
In all of the
years that my father worked for the VTR as a conductor, "The Buggy" was always
one of his favorite caboose's. As kids, we always loved riding on The Buggy with
him because of the wonderful "coupla" on top that was great for getting a
complete view over the entire train. During Christmas, my father would decorate The
Buggy with lights, and sometimes actually put a small, decorated Christmas tree on the
roof (complete with lights of course). Families would love to bring their kids to
the crossings and wait for "The Buggy" to pass by. My father would toss
out wrapped candy to the kids from the back of The Buggy or from the coupla. When my
father retired from the Vermont Railway, they "sold" him The Buggy as a gift
(basicly gave it to him, but had to charge him something for legal reasons). They
agreed to put it on VTR land, in Lester Junction, where it sits today. The Buggy is
in sore shape as of this writing (10/25/98). We tried for several years to keep it
in shape by replacing the roof, giving it a fresh coat of paint, replacing all the broken
windows and mending various other aged or vandalized problems, but we couldn't keep up
with the vandalism that has been tearing it appart ever since. I think after our
wood stove was stolen, and ALL of the windows were broken, we considered it "the last
straw". Unfortunately, it would be very expensive to move The Buggy
from it's current location to any of my families yards, so that has yet to be done.
It certainly is a shame because we were always open to sharing our caboose with anyone
that happend to pass by, as our notes indicated inside (unless they were stolen or torn
appart). While it was still in decent shape, it was used as a deer camp site by my
family, and several times we had visitors drop by that also used the buggy and helped in
it's upkeep. Someday I would like to see it moved from it's current location to
somewhere that it can be restored, and remembered as we remember it. Donations are
This caboose was
built for the Rutland Railroad in June, 1924 as #95. It was later renumbered to #45
on 11/21/24. It saw most of it's service on the Rutland Railroad on the Ogdensburg
Subdivision. Sold to the Vermont Railway around 1964, and renumbered to VTR #3 in
March of 1965. It was retired in the mid 1970's and stayed in the Burlington yard
until it was "sold" to my father, Paul P. Mangan, and moved to it's current
location in Lester Junction, VT.
been told that more info can be found in Vol 6 #3, 1992 issue of the Rutland Railroad
Historical Society Newsliner. If anyone has access to a copy of this, please contact
me through the email address at the bottom of this page ASAP! Any other history,
pictures, etc. are also greatly appreciated. I would love to get my hands on one of
the pictues with a lighted Christmas tree on top of The Buggy if anyone has one of those
(and someone should because people took tons of pictures!).
Click Here to see pictures of "The Buggy" as it exists today, as well as a
picture of my father working in The Buggy while it was in service.