At the confluence of the White River and Connecticut River, White River Junction has long been a transportation center for Vermont. Around 1900 there were as many as 50 passenger trains traveling these lines on a daily basis. The original train depot was built in 1849. About 160 years since that time, daily passenger service continues and the Vermonter is scheduled for expansion all the way to Montreal in 2015-16. The beautiful train station and Welcome Center here makes this one of the most hospitable and robust Transportation Centers in the State of Vermont. This is the 5th stop on the Vermonter line.
White River Junction has become the home of some of the most innovative and creative business ventures in the region. The Center for Cartoon Studies, the Tip Top Media and arts building, the Main Street Museum and Northern Stage are just a few of the WRJ offerings. Just across the tracks, the Hotel Coolidge is probably the most well-known piece of historical architecture in the downtown district of White River Junction. It serves rail travelers with comfort and care jusdt as it did in the 1920's. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Hotel Coolidge offers 30 guestrooms with private baths, 5 function rooms and a gift shop.
The Green Mountain Railroad runs Summer and Fall excursion trains from the White River Junction train station using an original 1951 Rutland Railroad RS1 ALCO locomotive and passenger cars from the 1930s. What a wonderful way to view the beautiful Vermont hillsides! White River Junction was voted one of the top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America by Budget Travel. Once a great railroad hub, White River Junction has reinvented itself as a harbor for artists. Galleries and displays are open to the public. Join the crowds on First Friday afternoons and evenings hen artists and artisans of all kinds open doors with music, sculpting, paint, photography, etc.