Vermont Rail Action Network

Vermont Rail Action Network

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




Welcome to Vermont's association of rail advocates, a grassroots effort promoting the revitalization of Vermont's rail network for passengers and freight - supporting the environment and economic vitality.

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Latest Vermont Railroad News

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    Jim Jeffords Was Passionate Rail Advocate

    19 August 2014

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    New Vermonter Route in Massachusetts "Complete"

    12 August 2014

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    Annual VRAN Dinner Meeting: Nov 13

    11 August 2014

  • Fire & Rescue Workers Trained In Rail Safety

    05 August 2014

  • CMQ Takes Over MMA lines in Canada, Newport VT

    01 July 2014

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    Firsts and Cool Equipment at Glory Days of the Railroad

    26 June 2014

  • Governor’s Rail Budget Includes Western Corridor, Bridge work and Freight Investments

    13 March 2014

  • More Trains In the Connecticut River Valley?

    22 January 2014

  • 2013 Accomplishments

    01 January 2014

  • New 2014 Code For $12 Fare

    09 December 2013

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    Amtrak Trains Sell Out For Thanksgiving Weekend

    24 November 2013

    Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday trains in both directions are already full for passengers going to New York and beyond. There is probably space available for trips short of New York,
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    Legislature Approves Western Corridor's Federal TIGER grant.

    22 November 2013

    Legislative approval is necessary because the award (and the required state match) will change the previously approved 2014 state budget. The approval will allow the state to proceed with engineering and purchase of welded rail before the budget is officially amended.
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    Special Train with Santa From Saint Albans, Essex Junction

    06 November 2013

    The Ronald McDonald House Charities has announced the first annual Jingle Bell Express train ride for children will depart the St. Albans Train Station on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 1 p.m.
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    Ben Turon Reviews Our Annual Meeting

    02 November 2013

    Your humble correspondent had the pleasure of attending the celebrative 2013 Annual Meeting of the Vermont Rail Action Network which was held in the Hotel Coolidge in downtown White River Junction, across the street and tracks from the historic passenger station used by Amtrak and the Green Mountain Flyer.
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    Sell-Out VRAN Annual Meeting with Governor and Special Train Has Roar For Rail!

    24 October 2013

    A special train operated by Genesee & Wyoming's New England Central Railroad using equipment offered by Iowa Pacific and the Vermont Rail System brought Vermont Rail Action Network supporters from the state capital to the historic Coolidge Hotel in White River Junction for their annual meeting at which Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin received the Jim Jeffords Award for Rail Advocate of the Year and photographer Kevin Burkholder received the Herb Odgen award for rail advocacy work.
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    WRJ Annual Meeting and Special Train Oct. 23

    23 September 2013

    Governor Peter Shumlin will headline the event, with rail updates provided by David Brown, Chief Operating Officer of Genesee & Wyoming (owner of the New England Central Railroad) and Chris Cole, Director of Policy, Planning & Intermodal for the Agency of Transportatioin. There will be awards and a toast to the 50th anniversary of the Vermont Rail System and a celebration of the state purchase of the White River Junction station, which will ensure it's future.
  • Western Corridor Receives TIGER grant

    05 September 2013

    Vermont's Western Corridor will be the recipient of federal TIGER program funds and thanks the congressional delegation and Agency of Transportation and who's hard work and dedication made this win possible.

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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  • 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.