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Vermont Railway veteran Bischoff dies


On April 13, long-time Vermont Railway Inc. executive Charles Bischoff died in Burlington Vt., according to the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA). He was 68.

Shortly after receiving an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1967, Bischoff joined the Vermont Railway as chief engineer. He later served in various capacities, retiring as vice president of operations in 2003. Following his retirement, the railroad honored his years of service by naming a locomotive the “Charles H. Bischoff.”

“He was a hard taskmaster and his knowledge was all-encompassing,” said former co-worker Jim Warsher — who recently retired from Vermont Railway — in ASLRRA’s May 10 newsletter. “He was friends with all of us employees and was never too busy to help anyone. Even with Charlie gone, he leaves us a living legacy of highly skilled, hard-working railroad people to carry on the tradition. He will be sorely missed.”

Bischoff is survived by his wife, Cecilia, a daughter and son, and four grandchildren. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701-4688.

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