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
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.