Safety - Play it Safe
Every RUTLAND employee is duty-bound to BE CAREFUL- to follow the
rules established to protect persons and property.
There may have been times when all of us have taken a chance without misfortune following. But whatever the results, we have faded in our duty when rules are disregarded. Taking a chance never pays. So Play !t Safe. It is only common sense to do so and will avoid learning the importance of safety the hard way. Injuries are serious to their victims and loss and damage is costly both to the railroad and Its patrons.
RUTLAND employees handling cars, both in yards and in trains, should take great care to avoid damage to them or their contents by paying particular attention to shipments that are susceptible to it, such as perishable food products, paper, furniture, merchandise, cut stone and many other classes of freight.
The RUTLAND is a public servant. We are employed by our customers for they pay our wages and bills. They are entitled to our maximum effort to operate this railway safely at all times and places.
The Safety Program inaugurated the first of the year on the RUTLAND has shown gratifying results. So far in 1952, we have had only one, 3-day lost time accident, as compared with five at the same time last year.
The success of this program depends upon the determination of everyone to avoid injury to themselves and their fellow workers. By knowing the Safety Rules and applying them to our work, we can avoid the pain and loss
of pay that comes with personal injuries.
So let's all be alert to the vital importance of our obligations to the public, to fellow employees, to ourselves and to the RUTLAND by knowing the rules and observing them. Let's Play It Safe. Not usually, but ALWAYS.
Recognition of 11,802 years of faithful service performed on the RUTLAND RAILWAY by 349 employees will be made later this month with the awarding of attractive service pins, Vice President Gardner A. Caverly told the NEWSLINER today. Gold pins will be awarded to employees with 50 or more years of service. Men and women with 25 years or more in the employ of the RUTLAND will be presented with silver pins.
The oldest active employee on the railroad is J. W. Hayes, station agent at Brandon. Mr. Hayes entered the service of the RUTLAND 54 years ago at New Haven. In addition to Brandon assignments he has seen service in Shelburne, and Ticonderoga where he was station agent in 1907.
Next on the "50-year list" is E. W. Mott, a member of the Stores Dept. and stock clerk in charge of Track, Bridge & Building materials. He has held this position
since 1919. Mr. Mott joined the RUTLAND in 1899 as a shipping clerk in the Maintenance of Way Dept.
General Claim Agent, George Stott, has been with the RUTLAND for over 51 years. He joined the railroad in i900 as a freight clerk. Prior to becoming a member of the RUTLAND family he was employed on the Central Vermont and the Grand Trunk (now C.N.R.) railroads. Mr. Stott has spent the past half a century in various capacities in the various administrative departments of the RUTLAND.
J. H. Hunt, RUTLAND agent in Ogdensburg since 1933 has also been with the railroad for more than 51 years. He has worked in Ogdensburg since 1907- Mr. Hunt entered the service of the railroad at Malone on Oct. l, 1900.
M. Scott Gooding, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of the RUTLAND joined the railroad in 1901 serving for three years with the Clarendon & Pittsford R. R. During his 50 years with the RUTLAND, Mr. Gooding has held many important administrative positions. He has also served as a director of the Addison Railroad and Rutland Transit Co. (subsidiaries of the RUTLAND) .
We are pleased to report that Mr. Hayes, Mr. Mott, Mr. Stott, Mr. Hunt and Mr. Gooding are all enjoying excellent health. Mr. Hayes is at present on a vacation trip in the West. Mr. Gooding deserves a grateful vote of thanks for the long, tedious hours he has spent compiling and checking the list of employees with over 25 years of service on the RUTLAND. (Rutland Newsliner V.1, #1, 1952)
Railway operations are so vast and railway statistics are so astronomical as to be almost beyond comprehension. However, we may gain some idea of the operations and performance of the railroads by considering some of the things the railroads do in an hour's time.
For each hour of the day and night more than 1,000 passenger and freight trains depart from their starting terminals and an equal number arrive at their destinations. Each hour of the day and night the railroads receive for shipment around 4,200 carloads of freight and deliver the same number of carloads of freight to destinations. They perform the equivalent of transporting 60 million tons of freight one mile and 4 million passengers one mile. They receive for
handling nearly 17 thousand express shipments and 1,300,000 pounds of United States mail.
For each hour of the day and night the railroads pay out about $100,000 for federal,nstate and local taxes; more than $200,000 for fuel, materials and supplies, and more than $500,000 in wages.
Ticket office and waiting room facilities of the Rutland Station have been established in new quarters at the site of the former Depot Restaurant.
The facilities were moved to the new location from the old stand in the main building of the Rutland station late in February.
Albert W. Macauley, operator of the former Depot Restaurant who has leased the first floor of the main station building for a restaurant, started work last week in renovations for his new eating establishment.
Mr. Macauley, who closed the Depot Restaurant the first of the year, said he hopes to be open for business at the new location May 1 .
The new waiting room, painted a light green, has doors leading from the drive behind Depot Park and to the platform. The ticket office is located on the left as the waiting room is entered from Merchants Row. (Rutland Newsliner V.1, #1, 1952)
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