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Vermont Rail Action Network

Vermont Rail Action Network

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

While the highway lobby has well-funded lobbists, we are grassroots and operate frugally.  We depend on your gifts, both financial and otherwise.  The following are donations that could help (and will be considered tax deductable).  Your own special expertise or item may be useful too; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Couches, for me to sleep on - in Montpelier and Burlington
Food, for events
Rides to meetings in Vermont
Frequent Flyer miles for occassional meetings and National Association of Railroad Passenger events
Color Printing
Web Hosting
The Non-Profit version of Quick Books
Photographs and artwork (for the web site and for fundraising sale as prints)
Trips, experiences and other items for fundraising auctions

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We work in affiliation with Trainriders/Northeast, the regional rail advocates group which conceived and initiated the "Downeaster" Amtrak service from Boston to Maine.  To join Trainriders Northeast,click here.

Upcoming Events

  • 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.