1877 February 5— The worst train disaster in Vermont’s history occurs when The Montreal Express traveling from White River Junction to Montreal goes off the tracks on the White River Bridge, killing 34 people and injuring 49.
1877 July—The Portland & Ogdensburgh Railroad, connecting Portland, Maine to Ogdensburgh, New York via St. Johnsbury, Vermont, is completed. Promoted by Horace Fairbanks, it provides cheaper transportation rates for the Fairbanks Scale Company. The Central Vermont’s Connecticut & Passumpsic River Railroad is forced to lower its rates.
1886 July—The Clarendon & Pittsford Railroad, owned by the Vermont Marble Company, completes the first two-mile section between Center and West Rutland. By the end of the decade this line is connected to the Rutland Railroad in downtown Rutland, providing rail access from the quarries to markets around the country.
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