The Vermont Rail System Passenger Services operates seasonal train rides for Vermonters and its visitors. Though it is primarily known for the Champlain Valley Dinner Train departing from Burlington, the VRS also offers special event trains from Burlington and fall foliage excursions from Chester, Vermont. Special event trains from Burlington include Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Kids Day, and Fourth of July Fireworks trips. All of our vintage coaches are fully restored with heat and opening windows and offer views of mountains, rivers, covered bridges, farmlands, and wildlife that cannot be seen from the roadway.
The VRS Passenger Services are available for charters and have hosted events for corporate functions, weddings, anniversaries, family reunions, birthday celebrations, and other special events. Examples of chartered trains include Santa Trains and the Polar Express. Companies/groups can either rent individual coaches on one of our scheduled trips or charter an entire train, depending on their needs. Vermont Rail System personnel and equipment is also available for movie and commercial productions. Our equipment covers all time periods from modern-day to steam-era. Major motion pictures filmed on the Vermont Rail System include Cider House Rules, Me, Myself, and Irene, Moonlight & Mistletoe, and Ethan Frome.