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Green Mountain Railroad

Green Mountain Railroad
Reporting mark GMRC
Locale Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York
Dates of operation 1964 to present–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Headquarters Burlington, Vermont[1]
Website .com.vermontrailwaywww

The Green Mountain Railroad (reporting mark GMRC) is a class III railroad operating in Vermont.

GMRC operates on tracks that had been owned by the Rutland Railroad and Boston and Maine Railroad. The railroad operates on a rail line between North Walpole, New Hampshire, and Rutland, Vermont. Corporate colors are green and yellow.

Once owned by

  • Official website
  • Rutland Railway Association

External links

  1. ^ "Contact". Scenic Vermont Train Rides. Green Mountain Railroad. Retrieved 2015-01-17. 
  2. ^ a b Steamtown Seeks Increased Control Over Tracks. Lewiston Daily News. October 5, 1976. Pg. 10 Accessed July 14, 2010
  3. ^ For a detailed history of the railroad, see Nimke, R. W., "Green Mountain Railroad: Southern Vermont's Mountain Railroad," (1995, R. W. Nimke Publisher).
  4. ^ Sawyer, Mina Titus. Maine's 'Iron Horses' Head For Their Last Dramatic Round-up. Lewiston Evening Journal. February 1, 1964. Accessed July 12, 2010
  5. ^ Millionaire Dies in Plane Crash. The Milwaukee Journal, September 1, 1967. Pg. 2. Accessed July 14, 2010
  6. ^ a b c Jones, Robert C. (2006). Vermont Rail System: A Railroad Renaissance. Evergreen Press.  


Former Canadian National Railway. Purchased by the Strasburg Rail Road in 1972.
Former Delaware and Houdson # 3036, later sold to the Quincy Railway. After serving on the GMR, sold to the Claremont and Concord Railway in the 1980s.
Former Delaware & Hudson # 3050. Became a People's Mover Mover and repainted black and white. Later became Washington County #406 and repainted back in GMR colors.
Former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio 1053. Later sold to Danbury Railway Museum in early 1996 and repainted as New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad # 673.
Former ITC 756, sold to Catskill Mountain Railroad in the late 1990s.
Cannibalized for parts, later scrapped.
Former Bangor & Aroostook #76, sold to the Belvidere and Delaware River Railway in 1996.
Former Burlington Northern #1849 (originally Northern Pacific # 223), sold to the Belvidere and Delaware River Railway in 1996.
Former Chesapeake & Ohio # 6181, renumbered 803 in 1997, sold to the Belvidere and Delaware River Railway in 2006 and renumbered back to 1850.
Former Delaware and Hudson #3026. Was going to be Green Mountain #302, but was in too poor condition to run. It was cannibalized for parts and scrapped in the 1980s.

These units are no longer in service on the Green Mountain Railroad. They have either been sold to other railroads or have been scrapped for parts.

Former units of the Green Mountain Railroad fleet

Number Type Power Manufacturer and date manufactured Notes
3,000 hp
EMD, 1971
3,000 hp
EMD, 1971
3,000 hp
EMD, 1970
1,000 hp
ALCO, 1951
EMD GP-9 rebuild
1,750 hp
EMD, 1955

Green Mountain Railroad Alco RS1 #405 at Bellows Falls, VT. This engine is former Rutland Railway #405 and it is the oldest engine on the GMR fleet.

As of October 2013, the GMRC's fleet consisted of the following:[6]


During the 1980s, the GMRC struggled to maintain consistent profits, relying largely on on-line traffic. Despite a position as a bridge carrier between the Delaware and Hudson Railroad, and later the Clarendon and Pittsford Railway, at Rutland, and the Boston and Maine at North Walpole, this traffic was limited, as the Boston and Maine was consistently unfriendly towards the Green Mountain. Reflecting this uncomfortable position, the GMRC's traffic during the 1980s was generally less than 2000 cars moved per year. In 1986, a strike at the Delaware & Hudson led to the evaporation of what little overhead traffic the railroad was handling. During the early 1990s, however, overhead traffic like limestone and fly ash had increased, making up for a decrease in traditional on-line traffic like talc. By the mid 1990s, traffic had increased to upwards of 4,000 annual carloads, and has increased today to upwards of 5,000 annual carloads. When the New England Central Railroad commenced operations in 1995, this allowed the GMRC to offer service southward on the NECR, which had previously been prohibitively expensive when the route was owned by the Central Vermont Railroad. In 1997, the GMRC was acquired by the Vermont Railway, forming the basis for the Vermont Rail System, which would grow to include five railroads in Vermont and one in New York.[6]

, in 1983, and shortly afterward GMRC began offering its own passenger excursions on diesel-powered trains over the same stretch of track. Scranton, Pennsylvania relocated to Steamtown [2] In 1966, the GMRC obtained

The Green Mountain Railroad was formed in early 1964 when F. Nelson Blount, who also operated a museum of steam locomotives, called Steamtown, USA, in North Walpole, New Hampshire, convinced the Rutland Railroad, in Bellows Falls.[4]



  • History 1
  • Fleet 2
  • Former units of the Green Mountain Railroad fleet 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


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