Vermont Railroad Timeline

1831-1843 • 1843  1846-18511852-18631860-18681870-18751877-18861888-1894

1870 December 31—The Vermont Central and Vermont & Canada Railroads, newly reorganized and renamed the Central Vermont Railroad, lease the Rutland Railroad for twenty years. The new company now controls 793 miles of track in four states, making it the largest railroad in New England, in addition to two steamship lines. The Central Vermont has complete control of lines from New London, Connecticut to Ogdensburgh, New York and from there across the Great Lakes by water. John Gregory Smith is president and his brother Worthington C. Smith is vice president.

1871 The Rutland Railroad leases the Addison Railroad and builds a floating bridge across Lake Champlain at Shoreham, linking to Whitehall and Plattsburgh, New York.

Floating bridge across lake Champlain.

1875 July 1—The 6.2-mile Montpelier & White River Railroad is completed between Montpelier and Barre. It is immediately leased and becomes part of the Central Vermont.

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