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Vermont Rail System restores freight, Amtrak service after hit from Hurricane Irene


Since Hurricane Irene struck Connecticut last weekend, Vermont Rail System (VRS) has worked 24/7 to repair damaged tracks. Now, some freight operations have resumed and VRS expects the first Amtrak Ethan Allen Express train to depart from Rutland, Conn., today.

To restore the line from Whitehall to Rutland, the railway needed to repair washed-out track in 19 locations. Track was hanging in the air at 15 of the areas and four others involved a partial scouring of the grade, VRS officials said in a prepared statement. One line portion remained under water until Tuesday.

Amtrak operates Ethan Allen Express trains over VRS track to reach Rutland. The Ethan Allen Express also operates on lines owned by CSX Transportation, Canadian Pacific and MTA Metro-North Railroad.