VRS: Dozens of Steel Loads Out

VRS GAINS NICE LITTLE WINDFALL FROM FAILED DEVELOPMENT PROJECT

VRS: Dozens of Steel Loads Out

12.February, Shelburne VT – VRS is capitalizing on a short-term haul of up to 100 potential loads of structural steel stranded at a failed Burlington development site are destined for a variety of alternate projects beyond the region. More than two dozen loads have departed Shelburne VT between January 10 and February 10. Pennsylvania-based Lombard Metals […]

PAS: Hoosac Tunnel Up to 25 mph

TRACK CREWS CONTINUE TO MAKE GAINS OVER THE LENGTH OF THE PATRIOT CORRIDOR.

PAS: Hoosac Tunnel Up to 25 mph

09.February, North Adams MA – PAR track crews are working into Winter to raise sustained track speeds along the PAS Patriot Corridor. For the first time in years, the current timetable bulletin DOES NOT include the Hoosac Tunnel, authorizing trains to run through the storied bore at the 25 mph timetable maximum. Slow orders also […]

VRS: Atlantic Northeast Transportation Leaders of the Year

THE VRS TEAM STEPPED UP THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO KEEP THE REGION'S FREIGHT MOVING, SERVE CUSTOMERS, AND MAKE THE MOST OF ITS OWN OPPORTUNITIES.

VRS: Atlantic Northeast Transportation Leaders of the Year

“It’s been the most dynamic year in New England railroading in 30 years,” says VRS President Selden Houghton. Nobody who has been reading ANRP should have any problem agreeing with that sentiment, but VRS’s team of dedicated rail professionals knows it better than anyone else: VRS has been tied to most of the year’s tumultuous […]

Almost Ready For Amtrak To Burlington

Final Work Expected Finished In a Year

Almost Ready For Amtrak To Burlington

09.December, Montpelier VT – Vermont Agency of Transportation Rail & Aviation Director Dan Delabruere updated the Vermont Rail Council on the extension of Amtrak’s Ethan Allen route to Burlington. The project remains on schedule and the train is expected to begin early in 2022. “We had some CoVid delays, contractor issues, but not that bad. […]

Vermont AOT Emphasizes Commitment To Amtrak

Vermont AOT Emphasizes Commitment To Amtrak

09.December, Montpelier VT – At a meeting with the Vermont Rail Council, Vermont Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn emphasized the state’s commitment to Amtrak service, despite the current CoVid suspension. Flynn reflected on the seriousness of the virus and the rapidity of its spread as justification for the suspension and as an indication that the train […]

PAS, VRS Hoosick Jct. Interchange Realignment Project On Track

PAS, VRS Hoosick Jct. Interchange Realignment Project On Track

A key interchange point and an occasional operational challenge for the Vermont Rail System and the Pan Am Southern located at Hoosick Jct., NY, is undergoing a makeover that will allow more streamlined operations and increased efficiency in the swapping of cars. Pan Am Southern has taken on the Hoosick Junction Expansion Phase 2 project, building […]

Amtrak Vermont Service Not Likely Returning Until 2021

Amtrak Vermont Service Not Likely Returning Until 2021

With the expected fall surge in Covid cases, VTRANS has now gone on the record in saying that the Vermonter and Ethan Allen trains will not likely be returning to the state in 2020.  A winter return had been hoped for by riders and advocates, however a surge in Covid cases is prompting further delays […]

Amtrak-Funded Helicopter Tree Trimming Operation Wrapped Up in Vermont…

Amtrak-Funded Helicopter Tree Trimming Operation Wrapped Up in Vermont…

Beginning in July 2020, the South Carolina-based company, Rotor Blade LLC, began a 190-mile project along the New England Central Railroad (NECR) mainline at East Northfield, MA, that will reduce the number of overhanging trees on the railroad right-of-way. Amtrak has spent $1.2 million for the work that includes the aerial cutting by Rotor Blade […]

VRS, VAOT, Inaugurate Middlebury Tunnel

VRS, VAOT, Inaugurate Middlebury Tunnel

 On Friday, 18.September, four years of planning and site preparation came to fruition as a 10-week construction blitz allowed the reopening of VTR’s new 360-foot Middlebury Rail Tunnel. The new prefab tunnel not only improves rail service by increasing clearances on the main route from Rutland to Burlington.  The project was also designed to improve […]

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