The just passed 2013 transportation budget includes $6 million for new welded rail which is a major part of the work necessary to upgrade the Bennington-Rutland-Burlington "Western Corridor" to passenger train speeds.  This work is funded by the "Jefford's Earmark" including a 20% state match.  Welded rail generally costs around $750,000 a mile including installation, but the bid has not yet gone out.

Here's what you can do to stay safe around trains...

Never trespass on any railroad property or right of way!
Doing so is illegal and risks serious injury or death.

Cross only at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings!
Look for a train moving from either direction -- and then look for a second train from either direction.

Always expect a train!
Trains do not have set schedules and can approach from either direction at any time of day or night.
Trains do not take holidays.

Don't stand next to tracks!
Trains can overhang the tracks by three feet on either side, and straps and tiedowns can extend even further.

Never try to beat a train!
Because of their size, you cannot judge a train's speed or distance. Trains cannot make sudden stops. Remember that a locomotive weighs 200 tons. An automobile being hit by a train is equivalent to a soda can being hit by an automobile.