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Reports are just coming in of significant washouts on every rail line in Vermont.  Particularly hard hit are the Green Mountain Railroad and the Washington County.  The landmark Bartonsville covered bridge has been swept away and smashed.  

The NECR has sustained considerable due to Irene. It is thought the line will be out of service for a week so repairs can be made. Two
bridges have had some major damage. Most of the washouts and other weather related problems is between Brattleboro and Essex.

Amtrak service on both the Vermonter and the Ethan Allen has been discontinued until further notice.The following message is from the Vermont Rail System:

To All Vermont Rail System Customers:

Vermont Rail System along with all railroads in the Northeast US has been severely impacted by Hurricane Irene. We have had numerous washouts across our system and still have many sections underwater.  Some bridge structures have also been compromised. Service has been severely curtailed or cancelled today on all line segments. Interline service with our connecting roads has also been cancelled for today. We are still doing a detailed assessment and will be providing regular updates as we complete repairs and we bring service back on line. In addition we are working with our connections to arrange detours where necessary to keep traffic moving.  We will also looking at transload options where feasible. If you have any questions please call your VRS representative or our  customer service representatives  at 1-800-639-3088.

We will be working around the clock over the next several days and as long as it takes to restore service across our system. Our next service bulletin will be provided at approximately 5:00 PM today.

More pictures of Vermont Rail System Hurricane Irene Damage

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.