Vermont Railfan Sites

A self-guiding railfan tour

Railfan, railfan--where do you see trains in Vermont?

Mapwork: If you're going to be looking for railfan locations, you'll need an industrial strength map resource. I definitely recommend you get a DeLorme Atlas & Gazetteer, study it before your trip, and copy pertinent pages for your field work. You can find information here about Railfan Maps that are available.

Cities And Sites

BARRE (October 4, 1998)

Never a big-time, Union-Pacific-in-Nebraska-type railroad state, Vermont nevertheless has a fascinating railroad history, and the town of Barre typifies this. Barre is remarkable for two reasons: First, it's the home of the Bombardier passenger/commuter car manufacturing plant. Second, the Washington Country Railroad, which connects Barre to the New England Central (previously the Central Vermont) at Montpelier, has to climb a 4.5% grade, complete with 3 switchbacks to get to the Bombardier plant! Within the recent past, the WACR's 2 Alco S-1's became crispy critters in a roundhouse fire, so Erick isn't sure what the power or status of the road is right now.

With thanks to Erick Pelletier, from historic Quebec City.