- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - The weeklong National Railway Historical Society convention is underway in Vermont, utilizing freight lines and historic passenger cars to offer unique trips for enthusiasts.

The convention began Sunday with a train excursion from the Howe Center to Smithville, The Rutland Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1FXsQng ).

Historical society director Walter Zulling says holding the convention in Rutland gives attendees the chance to ride New England freight lines seldom used for passenger travel.

More than 400 people from 30 states and multiple countries are expected to attend the convention, which runs through June 21. The convention is held in a different city every year.

Tickets for Sunday’s trip to Smithville were priced at $159 each.



Attendee John Leverton said people were willing to pay much more during the NRHS convention.

“Some people keep track of the miles they ride on rare lines,” Leverton said. “It is considered a valuable experience.”

Al Weber, president of the historical society, said the convention honors railroad history in addition to offering scenic journeys.

“We want to ride these old trains because if we don’t ride them, they won’t be around for the next generation,” Weber said.

Megan Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Tourism and Marketing, expects the added business in Rutland to generate more than $545,000 in economic activity.

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Information from: Rutland Herald, https://www.rutlandherald.com/

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