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1918 – Coal Shortage and Poultney’s Change of Schedule

January 4th, 1918, The Poultney Journal: At the start of the new year, the United States government requested “the conservation of all power, labor and expense… Owing to a shortage of coal in the Connecticut River Valley,” and this ended up affecting Poultney in particular.

Since there was no specific government demands of the Rutland Company for power limitations other than to “conserve all the power possible for future use”, it was up to local actions to conserve power for the remainder of the winter as the coal shortage was expected to continue and worsen.

As a result, the railway schedule was changed between Rutland and Poultney, moving stops and limiting trips.

To see the original announcement, see below!

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