Vermont Rail Action Network's 2018 Annual Dinner postponed.

Due to scheduling challenges with our speakers and honorees, we have decided to postpone the VRAN Annual Dinner from November 8th until sometime this winter.  We do not yet have a new date, but will post that to this page as soon as we confirm that.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience, and for this short notice.  We appreciate your support of VRAN, and your understanding.  We expect the location and amenities will remain the same as described below.  Tickets will remain on sale, with the member discount as described.

Thanks for your understanding.


This year's theme: 'I'd Rather Be On the Train!' With the recent arrival of 12 self-powered Rail Diesel Cars in Vermont, enabling reliable and affordable regional rail service for commuters, there is much to celebrate. Two of AllEarth Rail's recently renovated Budd RDC's will be parked on the RR tracks behind the hotel.  We will host a cocktail hour onboard the RDC's starting at 4:30p.


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Join rail industry and community leaders, railroad employees, shippers and rail supporters from around the region for Vermont's premier rail event of the year.  All participants will receive a new VRAN 'I'd rather be on the train' bumper sticker (pictured above).

Event details:

[ new date TBD ]

Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center
100 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602



Invited speakers include US Sec. of Transportation Elaine Chao, US Senator Patrick Leahy, and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott.  Awards will be presented to Vermont's top rail advocates of the year.

Please join us for an evening of networking and fun with delicious food, live music from a swing jazz band, and awards. Come raise a glass to the coming Golden Age of passenger rail in Vermont! 


Paid members who have joined VRAN at the individual level of $35 or above can claim a $10 discount to tickets for this event. Join now to claim your $10 discount.


Thanks for your support!


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