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Vermont Rail Action Network

Vermont Rail Action Network

Promoting the revitalization of Vermont's rail network for passengers and freight

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.

Upcoming Events

  • VRS 50th Anniversary Special Train from Bellows Falls
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    08/23/2014
    Departs at 10:00 am or 2:00 pm Reserve at http://www.vrs.us.com/vrs50trips.html In celebration of the Vermont Rail System 50th Anniversary.
  • Glory Days of the Railroad in White River Junction
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    09/13/2014 –09/13/2014
    Glory Days Festival celebrates its 22nd year as a family oriented, fun-filled, day long festival of the railroading and transportation modes of the past, present & future. Free Admission. For more information, see http://vtglorydaysfestival.com/ The Amtrak Exhibit Train is coming to Glory Days Festival. Climb aboard and tour a free exhibit to learn about Amtrak’s history and catch a glimpse into the company’s future. Displays include vintage advertising, past menus and dinnerware, period uniforms, photographs, and other items of memorabilia from Amtrak’s creation in 1971 to a model of today’s modern-sleeping accommodations and high-speed rail service displays. Interactive displays include railroad horns, trivia questions, workable signals and an engineer’s stand. Festival events include: Model train show, LEGO train show, Children entertainment, Main stage / music, food , excursion train rides on the White River Flyer($), engine displays, vintage cars and tractors, carnival rides, and food. The White River Flyer train excursion is a 45 minute ride along the scenic Connecticut River. Admission: $10.00 for all ages. Tickets are sold at the festival. Excursions run on the hour beginning at 10AM. The Children’s Stage will feature dazzling performers and the Main Stage will come alive with musicians from around New England. This event is produced by the Hartford Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Foliage Excursion Trains, Chester-Ludlow VT
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    09/23/2014 –10/14/2014
    Runs Tu, Th, Sat, Sun between Sept 23 and Oct 14th Leaves Chester at 10:00 for Ludlow, 12:30 for Rockingham and 2:45 for Ludlow. Leaves Ludow at 11:15 am, running round trip to Chester and Rockingham, returning at 3:30pm. Reservations at http://rails-vt.com/
  • VRS 50th Anniversary Special Train from Burlington
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    09/27/2014
  • Rutland Train Show
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    09/27/2014 –09/27/2014
    Rutland Railway Association invites you to the annual train show, formerly at the Howe Center, now at the Holiday Inn, with model railroads on display, dealers and displays. We'll be there too.
  • St. Albans Annual Meeting: "Montreal Here We Come"
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    11/13/2014 –11/13/2014
    Join fellow rail advocates at the St. Albans Historical Museum to celebrate the value of rail in Vermont. This year's theme honors the hope to upgrade freight and extend passenger train service to Montreal.