Planning for construction of the Middlebury rail spur is moving ahead.  Vermont Rail System has formed a new privately owned railroad, the "Otter Creek Railroad" which will acquire property and build the tracks.  The 3.3 mile spur will link the Vermont Railway main line just south of Middlebury with Omya's quarry and several other industries, enabling 70,000 trucks a year to be removed from route 7.  According to the Addison Independent, the railroad hopes to start construction in the spring of 2013 and finish in the fall of 2014.