The time has finally arrived!
On 09/14/2017 the AAPRCO annual convention begins with its special train, The Green Mountain Flyer, departing from Rensselaer, NY. This year’s train has 18 cars and will be touring central NY with the final destination of Burlington, VT.
We will be departing Rensselaer, NY at 0730 (7:30AM) and head west to Schenectady, NY and then onto Utica, NY. At Utica the train will move onto the Adirondack Scenic Railroad and travel to Thendara, NY. The train will turn at Thendara and after a short layover will return to Utica where it will tie up for the night.
On 09/15/2017 we will be departing Utica at 0400 (4:00AM) to Schenectady, NY onto the Norfolk Southern Line and heads towards Binghamton, NY on the former D&H track. After Binghamton we will go to Corning, NY and finally to Geneva, NY where will stop for the night.
On 09/16/2017 will be a “mini-excursion” with the entire train going to Solvay, NY and back to Geneva on the Finger Lakes Railway (known for their NYC themed locomotives).
On 09/17/2017 we depart Geneva at 0400 (4:00AM) and retrace our route back through Corning, Binghamton, Schenectady, and Rensselaer. There is a crew change at Rensselaer and the train will head to Springfield, MA. We move onto the Vermont Rail System at Bellows Falls, VT and finally to Rutland, VT for the night.
On 09/18/2017 is a short travel day starting at 0900 (9:00AM) out of Rutland to our final destination of Burlington, VT.
There are three days of convention activities and then the train will depart Burlington on 09/22/2017 0230 (2:30AM) back to Rensselaer arriving late in the evening.
As always, if you are out photographing or viewing the train please stay safe and don’t trespass.
I also want to give a special thank you to the Amtrak staff at Rensselaer. They were all exceptionally friendly and helpful in getting our train ready. I was thinking maybe there was something in the water that makes them so happy but on second thought I’m sure it’s just having all these dome cars and heavy weights in their yard.