Vermonter questions

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  1. Sep 12, 2019 at 3:22 AM #1

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    i am having that sense of wanderlust. A few questions about this train. First, where is the business class car usually located? Second, is this a train that has a rail fan window or does it operate with an engine at each end? Third, how hard is it to get from Essex Jct to Burlington?

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  2. Sep 12, 2019 at 3:32 AM #2

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    Your friend Kevin and I took the Vermonter last year from Essex Junction to NYP (for me) and probably further south (for Kevin). We took an Uber from Burlington to Essex Junction. We were in BC and I believe it was at the rear of the train. I also believe that there was a rail fan window and it did not have an engine at each end. Kevin will be able to answer all your questions.
     
  3. Sep 12, 2019 at 4:34 AM #3

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    The Vermonter always has the business class at the rear of the train. It's a split Cafe/BC car with 2-1 seating and the BC section is always in the rear. The rear window of the car is always available to look out of, though it may be rather dirty. The days of a locomotive at each end were ended when the Vermonter returned to its earlier routing through Northampton and Greenfield vs heading east from Springfield to Palmer and reversing direction there to continue its northward journey about 3-4 years ago.
     
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  4. Sep 12, 2019 at 5:14 PM #4

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    Wife and I took the Vermonter this summer. We were in business class both ways, which was the last car. It is part of the lounge car, with seats aft of the snack bar.
     
  5. Sep 14, 2019 at 2:43 PM #5

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    Thank you for the information. This has become a priority. I’ve only ridden this line once back when I road the Montrealer.
     
  6. Sep 14, 2019 at 5:38 PM #6

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    There should be taxi and decent Uber/Lyft availability at Essex Junction when the train arrives. In addition, Green Mountain Transit operates the Blue Line bus between Essex Junction's Amtrak station and downtown Burlington, continuing on to Shelburne (the route passes by a number of hotels along the route to Shelburne). The current schedule is here, and fares are $1.50.
     

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