The Green Mountain Railroad is a scenic destination, especially for railroad enthusiasts. Located in Burlington, Vermont, the railroad offers opportunities to check out the train cars during regularly scheduled ride. Visitors can also plan ahead to make one of the many special events offered and make memories that will last a lifetime!
Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Burlington, Vermont, the Green Mountain Railroad is considered a class three railroad system founded by F. Nelson Blount. It currently operates in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire. The track operates on a standard gauge of 4 feet 8.5 inches (or 1,435 millimeters). The track was acquired by Vermont Railway in 1997 which helped them form the basis for the Vermont Rail System (which includes a railway in New York and five in Vermont). The fleet at the GMC consists of two fleets - 405 and 804.
The Green Mountain railroad offers several different options for riding the beautiful and historic tracks. Tickets can be purchased from the railroad’s home page or at least one hour in advance at the station itself prior to the ride. The station takes Discover, Visa, Mastercard and cash. Train rides are fun for people of all ages and children are strongly encouraged to join in (although they must be accompanied by a chaperone). It is also important to note that the coaches are not air conditioned, so precautions should be taken for the young, the sick, and the elderly in the event of extreme weather.
No animals or pets are allowed on the trains with the exception of service animals with proper documentation.
Burlington rides - The train ride runs from Burlington to Middlebury and back. Although the majority of the rides offered are considered more special events, there are some regular rides offered that guests can check out by contacting the station. One of the favorites is the Mother’s Day Brunch ride, a three-and-a-half-hour trip that includes brunch, beverages (non-alcoholic although mimosas can be purchased for cash at the bar).
Chester rides - The train ride runs from Chester to Ludlow and from Chester to Okemo. One of the top draws of this station ride is the fall foliage train. Considered a “dinner train,” visitors will get to experience the natural beauty of the fall foliage outside while also enjoying a delicious four course meal that is catered by one of the finest restaurants in Ludlow. The ride lasts about two and a half hours round trip.
Dinner Train - Offered on Friday and Saturday evenings in September and October from 5:00pm to 7:30pm, this two-and-a-half-hour trip from Chester to Ludlow offers an unforgettable evening of fine dining on the rails. Pricing starts per person with a small discount for children from six to twelve years old. Children younger than six are discouraged due to the choking hazards of eating while on a moving train. The menu is posted ahead of time and generally offer a specialty salad, a main dish of prime rib/beef, salmon, chicken, or a vegetarian option, and a dessert option followed by coffee. There is also a specialty drink menu and beer and wine, although drinks are cash only.
In addition to the regular events, the railroad also offers chartered events. This type of event is perfect for wowing guests with a ride through scenic Vermont. All different types of events have been held on Green Mountain - birthday parties, business functions, family reunions, anniversaries, etc. The train is available year-round for events and can depart from any of the regular stops (depending on what is easiest for guests). Featuring a parlor, coach, dining car, and lounge, the train is built for comfort and the staff will be there every step of the way to make sure the event runs smoothly.
Many weddings have even been performed on and around the train. The timelessness and unique beauty makes for a memorable event. Due to the privacy of being able to rent the entire train, photographs can also take safe and legal photos of the special day (photographing on and near train tracks is often illegal due to safety concerns).
Other than the special Dinner Train events, there is a regular snack bar and beverage sale that serves food from a co-op that is owned and operated locally. There are also a few box lunches available. Eating is allowed in the table cars and guests are welcome to bring their own food on board.
Green Mountain Railroad, One Main Street, Burlington, VT, 05401, Phone: 800-707-3530