Scenic Train Rides in Vermont

The Railroad Nation

Bellows Falls Shelburne White River Junction

Today, the Vermont Rail System is a dynamic organization boasting six affiliates - the Vermont Railway, Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad, Green Mountain Railroad, Washington County Railroad (Montpelier & Barre Division), Washington County Railroad (Connecticut River Division), and the New York & Ogdensburg Railroad.
Currently, the only scenic train rides in Vermont are operated by the
Green Mountain Railroad.
Did you know?
There are ten steam locomotives listed in
Vermont today, with a couple of them on public display, including Central Vermont Railway 4-6-0 No. 220 at the Shelburne Museum. A sheltered display of Boston & Maine 4-4-0 No 494 can be found at the New England Transportation Institute and Museum. Vermont's first chartered railroad was the Central Vermont Railway in 1834. Today, the state's 568 miles of railroad routes consist of mostly short line railroads hauling commodities to their local destinations.
Two Amtrak trains, the
Vermonter and the Ethan Allen Express, provide passenger service to Washington, D.C. and New York.

Bellows Falls

Green Mountain Railroad

The Green Mountain Railroad operates three different scenic train rides. The Green Mountain Flyer runs between the 1850's Bellows Falls Union Station and Chester Depot. This scenic excursion train ride offers spectacular views the Brockway Mills Gorge and the crossing of 2 historic covered bridges, as you travel along the Connecticut and Williams Rivers. The Champlain Flyer offers views of the state's two highest mountains as you travel along the shores of Lake Champlain aboard fully restored vintage coaches. The White River Valley Flyer offers panoramic views of the White Mountain foothills as it follows along the Connecticut River between Norwich and White River Junction. Some of the special train rides in season include Easter Bunny Express, Fall Foliage Train, Halloween Train as well as other holiday specials like a Santa Train and a Polar Express Train. Check schedule for excursion availability. Directions


Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne Museum features the 1915, 4-6-0 ten wheeler steam locomotive No. 220, that became known as the presidents locomotive for pulling various presidential trains until 1956. Also, the private rail car Grand Isle, built around 1890, is on display featuring luxury mohagany-paneled parlor, dinning and staterooms. The 1890's Shelburne Railroad Station exhibits a stationmaster's office, waiting rooms for men and women, telegraphy systems, maps, and other late 19th- and early 20th-century railroad memorabilia. Historic buildings as well as the restored 220-foot steamboat Ticonderoga and art are also on display.

White River Junction

New England Institute and Transportation Museum

The New England Transportation Institute and Museum, located in the preserved 1937 Amtrak passenger station in downtown White River Junction, celebrates the Upper Valley's rich storehouse of river, rail and air history. The icon of White River Junction, the newly renovated Boston & Maine engine No 494, is gleaming bright and is the center of the railroad exhibit. Museum also includes many antique rail pieces, modern rail crossing lights and a tri signal. Directions