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The “Corkscrew” Railroad

 
 
The "Corkscrew" Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 24, 2008
1. The "Corkscrew" Railroad Marker
Inscription. When wealthy North Bennington resident Trenor Park purchased the Bennington-Rutland Railroad, he found that the railroad "barons" of the Troy and Boston Railroad refused him access to the New York lines. Rather than fight this monopoly, Park built a rail line from Bennington to Lebanon Spring, NY, where he could transfer his trains to southbound rails while bypassing Troy. The dozens of turns over 40 miles of hilly terrain gave this stretch of railroad the name "Corkscrew." Passenger service was canceled in 1931 and the line was officially abandoned in 1953. Remnants of the old rail bed can be seen where it crossed the highway at this point.
 
Erected 2003 by Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.
 
Location. 42° 52.982′ N, 73° 12.539′ W. Marker is in Bennington, Vermont, in Bennington County. Marker is on West Main Street (Vermont Route 9), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. The marker is located beside the parking lot of the Bennington Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7 Main Street, Bennington VT 05201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vermont (within shouting distance of this marker); Vermont's Colonial Shrine
The "Corkscrew" Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 24, 2008
2. The "Corkscrew" Railroad Marker
(approx. 0.2 miles away); William Lloyd Garrison (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ethan Allen (approx. mile away); Site of the Catamount Tavern - 1767 (approx. mile away); Bennington Battle Monument (approx. mile away); Captain Samuel Robinson (approx. 0.3 miles away); Before the Battle Monument (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Bennington.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The "Corkscrew" Railroad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 24, 2008
3. The "Corkscrew" Railroad Marker
The Bennington Museum is in the background.
The "Corkscrew" Railroad R.O.W. image. Click for full size.
By Howard C. Ohlhous, October 24, 2008
4. The "Corkscrew" Railroad R.O.W.
The old Corkscrew railbed Right of Way crossed VT 9 at this point, right behind the automobile in the photo, as described on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. This page has been viewed 991 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Howard C. Ohlhous of Duanesburg, New York. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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