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By Trains Staff | June 7, 2024

| Last updated on June 10, 2024

Vermont Rail System maintains its Rutland Railroad heritage

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green locomotive going through New England prairie
Green Mountain Railroad RS1 No. 405 handles a passenger consist on the Vermont Railway’s Burlington to Rutland line at New Haven, Vt. Kevin Burkholder

The State of Vermont purchased 177 miles of the former Rutland Railroad in 1963, two years after the 400-mile railroad was abandoned. The newly formed Vermont Railway leased the 125 miles running north south between Bennington and Burlington, and a year later the Green Mountain Railroad leased 52 miles between Rutland and Bellows Falls. Three decades later, the two railroads came under common ownership and began marketing itself as the Vermont Rail System.

Today’s VRS operates the 177 miles of Rutland trackage plus five other short lines in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire.

Interested in going to Vermont for a railfan event, check out the one in Sept. 2024.

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