Steamtown U.S.A
Bellows Falls, Vermont

In 1963 (the Locomotive & Railway Preservation article says 1964) Nelson Blount moved his Steamtown U.S.A. steam locomotive collection from ??? to a new site (Steamtown was moved several times before). This latest location was at the former site of a proposed Rutland yard in Riverside, near Bellows Falls, VT. Tracks fanning out from a turntable provided an excellent place to display his collection of steam locomotives. Regular excursions were run between Riverside and Chester.

Tragedy struck in 1967 when Nelson Blount was killed when his private plane crashed into a tree in Marlborough, NH. Nelson was only 49. This event took a lot of steam out of Steamtown. Most of the operational steam locomotives were either sold or fell into disrepair. Then, in 1970, Vermont passed air quality regulations which prohibited steam operations. Diesel locomotives were then used on Steamtown excursions and ridership fell dramatically. Despite the air quality regulations, the Steamtown Foundation again began operating with a steam locomotive. By 1983, Steamtown again had many (six) operating steam locomotives.

Despite the resurrection of steam locomotives, Steamtown was in financial trouble. It was determined that the main problem was its location -- isolated from any major population center. In 1984, Steamtown was moved to Scranton, PA. Still losing money, the Steamtown Foundation went bankrupt in 1986. Congress created the Steamtown National Historic Site and the National Park Service acquired the collection.

The following photographs show the collection when it was displayed at Riverside, near Bellows Falls, VT.

Photo by Russ White

From left to right (last four locomotives)

Photo by Russ White
From left to right (first three locomotives)

Photo by Carl H. Sturner
Canadian Pacific Railways "Fast Passenger Service" locomotives at Steamtown (from left to right)
1983 Photos (Courtesy Warren Small)
More Photos

Former Steamtown Locomotives: Where they are today

Over the years many locomotives have come and gone from Steamtown. The photos above contain a few of these locomotives. The list below shows many former Steamtown locomotives and where they are today.

Locomotives from Bellows Falls that are located in Scranton today

Locomotives that were not moved to Scranton

Locomotives that were sold or traded before the NPS takeover

Locomotives sold at final Steamtown USA auction in 1988

Other Former Steamtown USA Locomotives

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