The 10th and final northbound stop of the Vermonter is St. Albans. Named after St. Albans in Hertfordshire, England, this town was settled during and soon after the American Revolution in 1785. This beautiful, fertile stretch of America is situated just off the eastern rim of Lake Champlain. Settlers could see the abundant opportunities in farming here - cattle farming, dairy farming, sheep farming, vegetable farming, tree farming, etc. This is a generous piece of land that nourishes just about anything that can be planted. The railroad stepped in to fill the critical role of distributing these abundant resources in the mid 19th century. St. Albans became known as "Railroad City". At one time, there were as many as 200 trains traveling through this depot on a daily basis.
Today, St. Albans is also a destination for many tourists. Noted for its Victorian and Craftsman style of architecture built during the railroad era, many buildings connect travelers to the very similar structures in England. Also called the "Maple Syrup Capital of the World", St. Albans sponsors the annual Vermont Maple Festival every April. Lots of fun, fiddles, and parades at the festival!
The current St. Albans station was built in 1900. The original train station is now a professional office building that houses the New England Central Railroad among other prominent local businesses. The train used to continue all the way to Montreal but was discontinued in 1995. A renaissance is underway though.
The RE-connection to Montreal is in the works and plans to resume traffic all the way from Washington, D.C. to Montreal are looking more promising each day as operating and customs arrangements receive final reviews.
Get excited! What a connection!