Corridor Still Rail (7 June, 2001 - News
rail line to become recreation trail (May. 26, 2001 - Rutland
Railroad miles from St. Johnsbury.
Svcs: T=Telegraph, F=Freight Accounts, P=Passenger Tickets
Dark face suggests existence of depot building in 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!
This map shows the location of the planned rail-trail on a state-wide railroad map.
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.
Another page of photographs of the active railroad on a Web Site created by an unidentified Webmaster.
Another page of photographs of the active railroad taken by Peter Phillips that are posted to the MainLines East Web Site.
Selden Houghton has posted two photographs of the active railroad to Selden's Railroad Page.
Updated on June 11, 2001 by Kenyon F.
Unintentional errors are likely!