Saturday, May 27, 2017

Richford Branch Maps - 2, Sheldon Junction, Vt.

We continue our trip up the Richford Branch with the location many consider the scenic highlight of the line - the bridge crossing the Missisquoi River in Sheldon Junction. This is milepost 10.11 on the line, measured from St. Albans. 
The word "Junction" in the name gives a hint as to the other key element of this scene, the CV's crossing with the St. Johnsbury & Lake Champlain RR, Vermont's famed "Covered Bridge" railroad. 
Again, this map was drawn using photos, valuation maps, and the railroad's engineering department drawings. 
(Click on the map to enlarge it. 


  1. The two spurs serving the creamery from different directions is a great little piece of engineering and would be fun to model - as would the angled station and water tank at the diamond.
    - Trevor (Port Rowan in 1:64)

    1. I can see the train emerging from staging onto the bridge then running past the station and across the diamond on it's way to the paper mill in Sheldon Springs.
      The short "stub" from the St. J to the creamery was apparently added sometime between 1912 and 1922, and both remained the entire time the creamery was rail served.
      In later years (post steam era) the creamery building was a fertilizer supply warehouse.