Passenger rail service may soon be coming to the Barre-Montpelier area. Seven Budd rail diesel cars — “Budliners” — arrived in the area from Texas on Tuesday for storage at the former Bombardier plant in Barre Town in anticipation of their future use in both central and western Vermont. Greeting the rail cars as they arrived were John Hollar and Thomas Lauzon, mayors of Montpelier and Barre, respectively. The Budliner passenger cars are seen as the centerpiece of a transportation system that could pave the way to helping meet net zero-energy emission goals in Vermont. Clockwise from the top, the rail cars approach Barre on their way to storage; one of the rail cars is examined upon its arrival by, from left, Selden Houghton of Vermont Rail System, David Blittersdorf, the rail cars’ owner, and Barre Mayor Thomas Lauzon; Vermont Rail System conductor Fikret Kuckovic controls the throttle on a locomotive pulling the rail cars up Quarry Hill; and the passenger cars roll past the old train station on Metro Way in Barre.

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