Former Rutland Depot
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 802
Access by train/transit:
Amtrak Ethan Allen Express
When came through here 20 years ago, the Rutland depot was in "hard" shape,
and the tracks didn't look all that good. Fast forward to today, and
we can see the positive impact of having Amtrak come thru has had on the
town (hopefully everyone feels that way :-).
The Rutland depot was built in 1891. It has been "fixed up" by the
current tenants and restored to "near original" condition.
Amtrak had the station built in 2021/22, and it was just dedicated this past July (of 2022).
Bonnie Shatraw Wingler
Open Railway Map
Judging from the fact that the station does not appear in Google's aerial
view, I'm guessing this is a relatively new build, and according to
Wikipedia, it is - the station opened on July 29, 2022.
Adam Moss via Wikipedia, August 2022
An Amtrak train speeds westbound along the Ethan Allen Express route near West Rutland
during a training/inspection run last September (2021).
Photo: Bonnie Shatraw Wingler, from the VermontBiz page.
GPS Coordinates: 44.01764, -73.16963
From Wikipedia: Middlebury's historic train station closed in 1953 when
the Rutland Railroad discontinued passenger service to the town.
The building is now private property and houses retail space. End Wiki
From Vermont Integrated Architecture: Built in 1891 and moved to a new foundation at its current location
in 1911, the Middlebury depot served as a Rutland Railway passenger and freight
station until the late 1950s and is a contributing structure to the Middlebury
Village Historic District. Fifty years after the end of its life as an active
railroad station, careless additions by successive retail operations and years
of deferred maintenance had turned this classic late Victorian style station
into a drafty eyesore. The adjacent business owners who purchased the property
wanted to return the building to its former beauty and usefulness with the goal
of creating attractive, marketable office space on a very modest budget. Awards
of state and federal tax credits and a USDA energy grant allowed us to expand
the scope of the project to include a significant energy retrofit along with
the preservation and restoration of historic interior and exterior details.
From Wikipedia: Downtown rail tunnel - In conjunction with restoring
passenger train service to Middlebury, the Main Street and Merchant's Row
bridges over the rail line needed to be addressed. VTrans and Middlebury had
replaced the 100-year-old bridges with temporary spans in 2017 following an
emergency closure. In summer 2020, the roads were closed for ten weeks while
a 360-foot (110 m) rail tunnel was constructed. The new tunnel has an
additional 4 feet (1.2 m) of clearance, accommodating double-stack rail
cars. It also created new public space in Triangle Park next to St. Stephen's Episcopal Church.
The first train went through the tunnel on September 18, 2020,
as part of a reopening celebration. Due to the bridge's proximity
to Otter Creek, additional drainage had to be added. The project
delayed construction on the Middlebury station, and with it the
entire Burlington extension project, as the Middlebury station's
platform ended where the grade to a new 19 ft (5.8 m) tunnel began.
The project was completed within budget at a cost of $91.5 million:
$72 million for construction, $14.8 million for right-of-way, $4.4
million for engineering, and $300,000 for utility relocation. End Wiki
From Main Street, we can just barely see the tracks as they come out of the
new tunnel and head towards the Amtrak station.
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