Event Details

You're invited for the 2019 edition of Vermont Rail Action Network's Annual Dinner & Awards Celebration. This year's theme: 'I'd Rather Be On the Train!' With the recent arrival of 12 self-powered Rail Diesel Cars in Vermont, enabling reliable and affordable regional rail service for commuters, there is much to celebrate.

Join rail industry and community leaders, railroad employees, shippers and rail supporters from around the region for Vermont's premier rail event of the year. All participants will receive a new VRAN 'I'd rather be on the train' bumper sticker (pictured above).

This year's gala event will be held on a date TBD at the Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Montpelier, VT. Two of All Earth Rail's recently renovated Budd RDC's will be parked on the RR tracks behind the hotel. We will host a cocktail hour onboard the RDC's for those who arrive early.

AEAX Budd car at shop in Barre

Featured speakers will include US Sec. of Transporation Elaine Chao (invited), US Senator Patrick Leahy (invited), and Vermont Gov. Phil Scott. Awards will be presented to Vermont's top rail advocates of the year.

Please join us for an evening of networking and fun with delicious food, live music from a swing jazz band, and awards. Come raise a glass to the coming Golden Age of passenger rail in Vermont! Preliminary schedule:

  • 4:30: Check-in at Capitol Plaza; Cocktail hour on board the RDC's

  • 5:45: Seating for dinner in the CP ballroom; welcoming remarks

  • 6:00: Dinner; live auction begins

  • 7:00: Speakers & award presentations

  • 8:00: Adjourn; auction checkout & safe trip home

Please note: Paid members who have joined VRAN at the individual level of $35 & up can claim a $10 discount to tickets for this event. Join today to claim your discount: follow this link.

If you can't attend, but would like to make a donation to support VRAN's work, click here. & Thanks!

See you in Montpelier soon!


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The hotel has dedicated parking available at marked spaces in the lot behind the building. Event participants may obtain a temporary event parking pass upon arrival, at the hotel's front desk.

This year's event does NOT include a train ride to & from the event at this time. If that changes, we'll announce details as they become available. Participants are encouraged to carpool with others.

What's included in the ticket price? Full dinner with salad, choice of entrees (vegetarian options available), side dishes & dessert. Entertainment provided by East Bay Jazz, a 10-piece swing band from Windsor, VT. Tours of the Budd RDC cars during the cocktail hour (cash bar), 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Email Larry at: [email protected] well in advance. Let us know if you have any issues completing your ticket purchase online.

What's the refund policy? No refunds, sorry.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable? If you buy a ticket & find out later you cannot attend, you can pass along your ticket to a colleague, friend or anyone else. Email [email protected] prior to the event to let us know whom to expect, so we can update the guest list for check-in.

Accommodations for individuals with disabilities: The event site (ballroom and restrooms) is fully accessible to people with mobility impairments. Budd car tours require climbing a few steps. Notify VRAN by two weeks prior to the event if you require other accommodations on site.

  • When: Sat Jun. 1
    4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  • Address: 100 State Street
    Montpelier VT,US 05602

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