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43rd Annual Convention
Burlington, Vermont
September 28-30, 2020

Planning continues for our 43rd annual convention in Burlington, Vermont on Monday September 28 thru Wednesday September 30, 2020.   Those of you who participated in our 2017 convention at Burlington know that Vermont has much to offer visitors and Vermont Rail System was a great host.

Due to a “perfect storm” of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, a March 2020 increase in Amtrak’s insurance requirements for special trains, and the number of car owners committed to participation, we have significantly revised our plans for our convention special train, the “American Autumn Explorer.”  The special train will operate only on The Vermont Rail System from Rutland to Burlington and return to Rutland, with the addition of a side trip to Hoosick.  There will be no Amtrak special train.

Participating cars will travel between New York NY and Rutland VT on Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express.  We are working to persuade Amtrak to allow dome cars (as well as other cars that do not wish to travel thru NYP) to be switched on/off the Ethan Allen Express at Albany-Rensselaer; this will require an exception to their current policy prohibiting switching cars on/off this train at ALB, given the train’s scheduled dwell time in the station.

Check here at a later date for more information.  We will update this web page when more information is available.