- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Rutland officials are saying the construction of an off-rail shelter to protect a historic railway car will be finished this fall.

The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1FpWf8i ) the shelter was supposed to be built before the decommissioned train arrived at the downtown Vermont Farmers Food Center in 2013.

The 51-ton, 61-foot Osgood-Bradley coach, number 551, is a Massachusetts-built smoker car purchased for Rutland passengers in 1913. It was removed from service in 1936 but returned during World War II.

The train remained in service until 1963.

Food Center President Greg Cox says that having a train on the property doesn’t fit in with his agricultural organization’s mission, but was a matter of historical interest and preservation.

Cox sees the train’s future as an open-spaced meeting area for everyone, not only train-enthusiasts.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, http://www.rutlandherald.com/

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