|Amtrak; West Rutland, Vt.; September 9, 2016|
It was the Glory Days celebration that got me to Vermont (and some close-by neighboring areas) back in September. First, we paused in New York just west of the Vermont state line to see the Ethan Allen Express making its station stop at Saratoga Springs on a gloomy day. Storms would shortly move in. This train had left Rutland earlier in that morning.
|Amtrak; Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; September 8, 2016|
|Amtrak; Fairview, Vt.; September 8, 2016|
|Vermont Rail System; Center Rutland, Vt.; September 8, 2016|
|Vermont Rail System; Cuttingsville, Vt.|
The next day Vermont Rail System sent two trains south from Rutland. The first was destined to cover the Green Mountain Railroad side of the system, heading to Bellows Falls. The second was destined for North Bennington, where it would interchange with Pan Am Railways. Our first catch was of the Bellows Falls-bound train crossing Cuttingsville Trestle.
The train to North Bennington was led by SD70M-2 No. 432, which had been purchased by VRS from Florida East Coast. The locomotive had been pressed into service still wearing its FEC blue and yellow paint. Alas, Pan Am Railways couldn't make the grade out of Hoosick Junction, N.Y., to get to North Bennington for the interchange, so the VRS train had to head south to Hoosick Junction to get its cars. The train crossed the Walloomsac River at North Hoosick on its way there.
|Vermont Rail System; North Hoosick, N.Y.; September 9, 2016|
|Vermont Rail System; Walloomsac, N.Y.; September 9, 2016|
|Pan Am Railways; Charlestown, N.H.; September 9, 2016|
|Vermont Rail System; Ely, Vt.; September 10, 2016|
|Pan Am Railways; White River Junction, Vt.; September 10, 2016|