Lamoille Corridor Still Rail (7 June, 2001 - News & Citizen)

Old rail line to become recreation trail (May. 26, 2001 - Rutland Herald)
The abandoned St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County railroad line will be converted into a series of recreational trails, Transportation Secretary Brian Searles said Friday.

Lamoille Valley Recreation Trail 

A planned Rail-trail

Vt. Association of Snow Travelers
Lamoille Valley Recreation Trail Committee
Sandy Woodbeck
, Chairman
1811 Horn of the Moon Rd. 
Montpelier VT 05602

Mileage Chart

Miles Station Name Svcs
0.00 St. Johnsbury TFP
11.48 Danville TFP
14.85 West Danville TFP
16.30 Joe Pond ---
19.69 Walden TFP
23.87 Dow ---
27.80 Greensboro TFP
31.03 East Hardwick TFP
34.73 Hardwick TFP
41.03 Wolcott TFP
48.88 Morrisville TFP
51.56 Hyde Park TFP
56.35 Johnson TFP
64.26 Cambridge Jct TFP
68.81 Fletcher TFP
74.24 East Fairfield TFP
78.44 Fairfield TFP
83.05 Sheldon TFP
84.56 Sheldon Jct TFP
87.48 East Highgate TFP
90.91 Highgate TFP
94.73 East Swanton T-P
96.10 Swanton TFP

Railroad miles from St. Johnsbury.
Svcs: T=Telegraph, F=Freight Accounts, P=Passenger Tickets
Dark face suggests existence of depot building in 1923

Mileage and Station Names (1923) from the Official List of Officers, Agents and Stations of the Boston & Maine Railroad, dated July 1,1923.

The  "Lamoille Valley Recreation Trail Committee" (part of Vt Association of Snow Travelers) is proposing a four season multi use trail along the entire 96 miles of the rail corridor. We are presently in the PR stage promoting interest in the 17 towns and other user groups. The VT Agency of Transportation will be issuing an RFP (request for proposal) in the near future and from the proposals received, will select a new lessee for the corridor. Both rail and trail proposals will be considered and VAST will be putting forth a major effort.

We presently have meetings scheduled in some of the towns and will be adding others as time allows.

Sandy Woodbeck@aol.com [SWoodbeck@aol.com] November 01, 2000 8:30 PM

Note also that the Vermont Association of Snow Travelers (VAST) is currently using portions of the unused railroad track for snowmobile trails.

This railroad line has never been formally abandoned. Indeed, 95% of the rails and ties are still in place. However the St. Johnsbury to Morrisville segment hasn't been operated for about 5 years, while the Morrisville to Swanton segment has been unused for the last 15 years. Note also that the entire railroad is owned by the Vermont Agency of Transportation, who is still trying to find an operator that will utilize part or all of the line without an operating subsidy. It must be noted that the Vermont Rail Link has recently created its own Web Site to explain its proposal to restore the railroad for serious rail freight operation as well as for seasonal tourist train purposes! 

A Quick photo tour (on-site)

Map of Vermont Railroads & Rail-trails

This map shows the location of the planned rail-trail on a state-wide railroad map. 

Pictures of the Lamoille Valley RR (off-site)

These pictures were taken  taken By Richard Bamberg of Medford, Mass. in June 1987 when the railroad was still active. Note that some of the pictures on the page are from the associated Twin State RR and the NH & VT RR in Whitefield and Jefferson NH.

Photos of the Lamoille Valley Railroad during it's use  (off-site)

Another page of photographs of the active railroad on a Web Site created by an unidentified Webmaster.

Lamoille Valley Railroad Co  (off-site)

Another page of photographs of the active railroad taken by Peter Phillips that are posted to the MainLines East Web Site.

Lamoille Valley Railroad Photos  (off-site)

Selden Houghton has posted two photographs of the active railroad to Selden's Railroad Page.

Newspaper Articles


Updated on June 11, 2001 by Kenyon F. Karl <Webmaster@new-england-rail-trails.org>.
  Unintentional errors are likely!

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