PARSONS VALE


The Southern Vermont Traction Company (operating) The Southern Vermont Traction Company (abandoned 1936) The Southern Vermont Traction Company (abandoned 1940) The Parsons Vale Line

The Southern Vermont Traction Company was an interurban railroad that operated a line from Bennington, VT to a junction with the PV&T, B&M, and CV at Brattleboro, VT. At Bennington, it also had a branch that ran from Arlington, VT south to a connection with the B&M at North Adams, MA. Like many other New England interurbans, it made a serious effort to move freight, and by the time it was taken over by the PV&T in 1940, freight was keeping it profitable over the losses of the passenger business.

The PV&T took it over just as the United States was being pulled into the second world war, so it kept operating as a 600VDC operation until 1946, when the replacement class B3 locomotives were built at the Portland shops.

SVT history

1908
built Bennington to Arlington.
1909
built Bennington to North Adams.
1912
built Bennington to Brattleboro.
1925
passenger service withdrawn, Bennington to Brattleboro.
1936
abandoned Bennington to Guilford Center, leaving terminal operations in Brattleboro.
1940
  1. purchased by the PV&T
  2. Abandoned Guilford Center to Brattleboro.
1946
Remaining trackage re-electrified at 3000VDC.

All-time SVT Roster

No. Type Builder Built Notes
1-4 Passenger motor Cincinnati 1908 retired 1925
5-10 Passenger motor Cincinnati 1909 retired 1946
20-21 Baggage motor Brill 1909 retired 1931
22-25 Baggage motor St Louis 1909 scrapped 1946
70-75 Boxcab St Louis 1909 to PV&T 283-288, retired 1946
80-81 Steeplecab Baldwin 1920 stored 1936,sold to CR&IC 1940