As one of the B&M's most important trains the Montrealer/Washingtonian typically carried lounge cars, parlors, diners, reclining seat coaches,
sleepers, and a parlor observation. However, the actual consist varied
a bit depending on which railroad was operating the train over its
particular lines. As late as 1957 you could still take these trains
along their original routing. However, by a year later as demand
declined the B&M began cutting back the operation. A decade later
in the mid-1960s it ended passenger operations altogether. In
September, 1972 a little over a year after it began Amtrak revived both
the Montrealer and Washingtonian, essentially along its
original corridor. Of course, services were not quite at such a high
level as years before but the latter train survived until 1995 when it
disappeared into the NortheastDirect (now known as the Northeast Regional).
At the same time the Montrealer disappeared and became known as the Vermonter on April 1, 1995. Had it not been for the state of Vermont stepping in to partially subsidize the train it likely would have been cancelled permanently as at the time funding problems were forcing Amtrak to scale back its services. However, no longer does the train reach Montreal due to the state's refusal to pay the incredibly high costs to do so, as Amtrak must contract out the labor and terminal requirements to serve the city. Today, a typical consist includes a GE Genesis series diesel north of New Haven (south of that point AEM-7 electrics are usually employed), Amfleet cars (which offer standard and business class coach service), and a snack/cafe car.
Additionally, the Vermonter operates with a cab car on one end,
giving it push-pull capability so that it does not have to be turned at
Springfield. As mentioned above the train does not see significant
ridership. However, Vermont, Amtrak, and shortline New England Central
are attempting to change this by sinking $70 million into the route from
St. Albans to White River Junction which will increase train speeds to
between 59 and 79 mph. This will hopefully increase ridership by
reducing transit times. If you would like to learn more about riding
the Vermonter please click here to visit the train's official website maintained by Vermont. Here you can find out which stations it serves and what a usual trip is like.
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