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List of Vermont railroads

The state of Vermont owns around 305 miles (491 km) of the 578 miles (930 km) of track within the state. It leases it to Vermont Rail System, Green Mountain Railroad and Washington County Railroad. The state funds capital improvements; Vermont Rail System funds maintenance and runs freight over them.[1]

The following railroads operate in the U.S. state of Vermont.

Common freight carriers

Passenger carriers

Vermont passenger rail
Montrealer to Montreal
(Discontinued, proposed)
St. Albans
Essex Junction
Winooski Branch
White River Junction
Closed 2010
Fair Haven
Bellows Falls

List of railroads

This transport-related list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2008)
Name Mark System[a] From To Successor
Addison Railroad RUT 1867 1951 Rutland Railway
Ashuelot Railroad B&M 1844 1890 Connecticut River Railroad
Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad CN 1848 1960 Canadian National Railway
Barre Railroad B&M 1888 1913 Barre and Chelsea Railroad
Barre Branch Railroad B&M 1888 1913 Montpelier and Wells River Railroad
Barre and Chelsea Railroad B&C, BC B&M 1913 1957 Montpelier and Barre Railroad
Bennington and Rutland Railroad RUT 1865 1870 Harlem Extension Railroad
Bennington and Rutland Railway RUT 1877 1901 Rutland Railroad
Bethel Granite Railway CN 1904 1937 N/A
Boston, Concord and Montreal Railroad B&M 1844 1890 Concord and Montreal Railroad
Boston, Hoosac Tunnel and Western Railway B&M 1878 1892 Fitchburg Railroad
Boston and Lowell Railroad B&M 1884 1887 Boston and Maine Railroad
Boston and Maine Corporation BM B&M 1963 [b] N/A
Boston and Maine Railroad B&M, BM B&M 1887 1964 Boston and Maine Corporation
Brandon and West Rutland Railroad 1901 1911 Clarendon and Pittsford Railroad
Brattleboro and Fitchburg Railroad CN 1843 1851 Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad
Brattleboro and Whitehall Railroad CN 1876 1905 West River Railroad
Bristol Railroad 1882 1930 N/A
Burlington and Lamoille Railroad CN 1875 1889 Burlington and Lamoille Valley Railroad
Burlington and Lamoille Valley Railroad CN 1889 1899 Central Vermont Railway
Canada Atlantic Railway CN 1897 1905 Grand Trunk Railway
Canadian American Railroad CDAC 1996 2003 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, Washington County Railroad
Canadian Pacific Railway CP CP 1884 1996 Northern Vermont Railroad
Central Maine and Quebec Railway CMQ 2014 2020 Canadian Pacific Railway
Central Vermont Railroad CN 1872 1899 Central Vermont Railway
Central Vermont Railway CV CN 1899 1995 New England Central Railroad
Champlain and Connecticut River Railroad RUT 1843 1847 Rutland and Burlington Railroad
Chatham and Lebanon Valley Railroad RUT 1899 1901 Rutland Railroad
Cheshire Railroad B&M 1844 1890 Fitchburg Railroad
Concord and Montreal Railroad B&M 1890 1919 Boston and Maine Railroad
Connecticut and Passumpsic Rivers Railroad B&M, CP 1835 1946 Boston and Maine Railroad, Newport and Richford Railroad
Connecticut River Railroad B&M 1845 1919 Boston and Maine Railroad
Consolidated Railroad of Vermont CN 1882 1891 Central Vermont Railroad
Coos Valley Railroad MEC 1882 1982 Maine Central Railroad
Deerfield River Company 1883 1891 Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad
Deerfield River Railroad 1906 1924 N/A
Deerfield Valley Railroad 1890 1891 Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad
Delaware and Hudson Company D&H 1899 1930 Delaware and Hudson Railroad
Delaware and Hudson Railroad D&H D&H 1928 1968 Delaware and Hudson Railway
Delaware and Hudson Railway DH D&H 1968 1983 Clarendon and Pittsford Railroad
Delaware and Hudson Canal Company D&H 1871 1899 Delaware and Hudson Company
East Barre and Chelsea Railroad B&M 1892 1913 Barre and Chelsea Railroad
Essex County Railroad B&M 1864 1880 St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain Railroad
Fitchburg Railroad B&M 1887 1919 Boston and Maine Railroad
Grand Trunk Railway GT CN 1853 1923 Canadian National Railway
Hardwick and Woodbury Railroad B&M 1894 1934 N/A
Harlem Extension Railroad RUT 1870 1873 New York, Boston and Montreal Railway
Hoosac Tunnel and Wilmington Railroad HTW 1888 1971 N/A
Lamoille County Railroad 1973 1974 St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad
Lamoille Valley Railroad LVRC 1977 2004 N/A
Lamoille Valley Railroad B&M 1867 1880 St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain Railroad
Lamoille Valley Extension Railroad CN 1872 1887 Central Vermont Railroad
Lebanon Springs Railroad RUT 1893 1900 Rutland Railroad
Lebanon Springs Railroad RUT 1852 1870 Harlem Extension Railroad
Maine Central Railroad MEC MEC 1888 2003 New Hampshire Central Railroad
Manchester, Dorset and Granville Railroad 1902 1918 N/A
Midland Railroad CP 1902 1936 N/A
Missisquoi Railroad CN 1867 1887 Missisquoi Valley Railroad
Missisquoi and Clyde Rivers Railroad CP 1869 1880 Newport and Richford Railroad
Missisquoi Valley Railroad CN 1886 1899 Central Vermont Railway
Montpelier and Barre Railroad MB 1956 1980 Washington County Railroad
Montpelier and St. Johnsbury Railroad B&M 1866 1880 St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain Railroad
Montpelier and Wells River Railroad M&WR B&M 1867 1945 Barre and Chelsea Railroad
Montpelier and White River Railroad CN 1867 1891 Central Vermont Railroad
Montreal and Atlantic Railway CP 1894 Canadian Pacific Railway
Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway MMA 2002 2014 Central Maine and Quebec Railway
Montreal, Portland and Boston Railway CP N/A
New Hampshire and Vermont Railroad NHVT 1993 2000 N/A
New London Northern Railroad CN 1880 1951 Central Vermont Railway
New York, Boston and Montreal Railway RUT 1873 1876 Bennington and Rutland Railway, New York, Rutland and Montreal Railroad
New York, Rutland and Montreal Railroad RUT 1883 1893 Lebanon Springs Railroad
Newport and Richford Railroad CP 1880 2003 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, Washington County Railroad
North Stratford Railroad NSRC 1977 1989 N/A
Northern Railroad B&M 1844
Northern Vermont Railroad NVR 1996 2003 Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway, Washington County Railroad
Pittsford and Rutland Railroad 1890 1911 Clarendon and Pittsford Railroad
Portland and Ogdensburg Railroad MEC 1869 1887 Portland and Ogdensburg Railway
Portland and Ogdensburg Railway MEC 1886 1943 Maine Central Railroad
Rensselaer and Saratoga Railroad D&H 1865 1871 Delaware and Hudson Canal Company
Rutland Railroad RUT RUT 1867 1950 Rutland Railway
Rutland Railway RUT RUT 1950 1961 Green Mountain Railroad, Vermont Railway
Rutland and Burlington Railroad RUT 1847 1867 Rutland Railroad
Rutland–Canadian Railroad RUT 1898 1901 Rutland Railroad
Rutland and Washington Railroad D&H 1847 1865 Salem and Rutland Railroad
Rutland and Whitehall Railroad D&H 1848
St. Johnsbury and Lake Champlain Railroad SJ&L B&M 1880 1955 Maine Central Railroad
St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad SJL 1974 1976 Vermont Northern Railroad
St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad SJL 1949 1973 Lamoille County Railroad
St. Lawrence and Atlantic Railroad CN 1852 1853 Grand Trunk Railway
Salem and Rutland Railroad D&H 1867 1868 Rensselaer and Saratoga Railroad
Saratoga and Washington Railroad D&H 1850 1855 Saratoga and Whitehall Railroad
Saratoga and Whitehall Railroad D&H 1855 1865 Rensselaer and Saratoga Railroad
South Eastern Railway CP 1878 1894 Montreal and Atlantic Railway
Southern Vermont Railroad B&M 1848 1891 Fitchburg Railroad
Sullivan County Railroad SC B&M 1949 Boston and Maine Railroad
Troy and Boston Railroad B&M 1856 1887 Fitchburg Railroad
Twin State Railroad TSRD 1984 1999 New Hampshire Central Railroad
Upper Coos Railroad MEC 1888 1982 Maine Central Railroad
Vermont and Canada Railroad CN 1845 1891 Central Vermont Railroad
Vermont Central Railroad CN 1843 1884 Consolidated Railroad of Vermont
Vermont and Massachusetts Railroad CN 1851 1880 New London Northern Railroad
Vermont and New York Railroad RUT 1865 1867 Lebanon Springs Railroad
Vermont Northern Railroad VNOR 1976 1977 Lamoille Valley Railroad
Vermont and Province Line Railroad CN 1897 1960 Canadian National Railway
Vermont Valley Railroad VV B&M 1848 1949 Boston and Maine Railroad
West River Railroad CN 1905 1936 N/A
West River Railroad CN 1867 1876 Brattleboro and Whitehall Railroad
Western Vermont Railroad RUT 1845 1865 Bennington and Rutland Railroad
White River Railroad 1902 1934 N/A
White River Valley Railroad 1900 1902 White River Railroad
White River Valley Railroad 1896 1898 White River Valley Electric Railroad
White River Valley Electric Railroad 1898 1900 White River Valley Railroad
Woodstock Railroad 1863 1890 Woodstock Railway
Woodstock Railway WSK 1890 1933 N/A
Private carriers
  • Lye Brook Railroad
  • Missisquoi Pulp and Paper Company
  • Moose River Lumber Company
  • Moose River Railroad
  • New England Power Company
  • New Hampshire Stave and Heading Mill
  • Barre and Montpelier Traction and Power Company
  • Bellows Falls and Saxton's River Street Railway
  • Bennington and Hoosick Valley Railway
  • Bennington and North Adams Street Railway
  • Bennington and Woodford Electric Railroad
  • Berkshire Street Railway
  • Brattleboro Street Railroad
  • Burlington and Hinesburgh Railway
  • Burlington Traction Company
  • Military Post Street Railway
  • Mount Mansfield Electric Railroad
  • Rutland Railway, Light and Power Company
  • Rutland Street Railway
  • St. Albans Street Railway
  • St. Albans and Swanton Traction Company
  • St. Johnsbury Street Railroad
  • Springfield Electric Railway
  • Springfield Terminal Railway (ST)
  • Twin State Gas and Electric Company
  • Vermont Company
  • Winooski and Burlington Horse Railroad
Not completed


  1. ^ This is one or more of the Class I railroads that the railroad became part of, if any.
  2. ^ Still exists as a lessor of Pan Am Railways operating subsidiary Springfield Terminal Railway


  1. ^ Gresser, Joseph (October 26, 2016). "Local train passenger service not likely". The Chronicle. Barton, Vermont. pp. 17A.


  • Association of American Railroads (2003), Railroad Service in Vermont (PDF). Retrieved May 11, 2005.
  • Jones, Robert C. (1993). Railroads of Vermont, vols. I and II, Shelburne, Vt.:New England Press.
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