Lamoille Valley Railroad

Reporting mark: LVRC
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The Lamoille Valley Railroad Company was the successor to the St. J & LC railroad (Originally St. Johnsbury & Lake Champlain, later St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County) and continued to operate the same trackage that the St. J. & LC. The line was originally built in the later half of the 1870's as part of the Portland and Ogdensburg railroad which was conceived as a rail corridor connecting Portland, Maine with the Great Lakes. The Vermont division of this rail line was finished in 1877, but the plans for the connection to the great lakes collapsed in 1880 and were never realized. The line operated as a subsidiary of the Boston and Maine Railroad for its first 60 years, until its reorganization in 1948 as the St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County Railroad. Over the next 2 decades the rail line saw steadily decreasing sales as automotive and truck traffic gave them fierce competition. By 1956 Passenger service on this line was discontinued.

By 1968 the weight of freight had continued to rise to the point where the lines bridges were becoming a hindrance. In a gamble to make the line profitable its multiple covered bridges were replaced by steel spans to increase the carrying capacity of the line. Only 2 of the lines covered bridges were spared (The Fisher covered bridge in Hardwick, by removing the bottom of the bridge and placing a 2 span plate girder bridge in its place and the Swanton covered bridge simply by re-routing traffic)

The increased load put additional wear on the rail bed though and track conditions continued to deteriorate. In 1973 the State took over control of the rail line itself to continue freight service and renamed it the Lamoille Valley Railroad Co. This line continued to operate until the mid 90's, when flood damage (both 1995 and 1997) caused enough damage whereby it was no longer financially viable to fix the line. Over the next few years the railroad lines and ties were torn up.

The state of Vermont embarked on an ambitious plan in the early 2000's to convert the entire 96 mile line into a multi-use recreation trail, giving this railine and its remaining bridges a new life.


Lamoille Valley Rail Trail - Lamoille River Bridge (Johnson) (Lamoille County, Vermont)
Baltimore through truss bridge over Lamoille River on Lamoille Valley Railroad
Open to pedestrian / snowmobile traffic

Lamoille Valley Rail Trail - Smith Brook Bridge (Lamoille County, Vermont)
Abandoned 1997
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Smith Brook on Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Lamoille Valley Rail-Trail - Jeffersonville Bridge (Lamoille County, Vermont)
Built for the Burlington & Lamoille Railroad
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Brewster River on Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Lamoille Valley Rail-Trail - Lamoille River Bridge (Morrisville) (Lamoille County, Vermont)
Built 1928; abandoned 1997; converted to pedestrian use 2002
Warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Lamoille River on Former STJ & LC Railroad
Open to pedestrians only

Lamoille Valley Rail-Trail - Needles Eye Road Overpass (Lamoille County, Vermont)
Built for the St. J & LC railroad, abandoned 1997, converted to pedestrian use 2002
Steel stringer bridge over Needles Eye Road on Lamoille Valley Rail-Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Lamoille Valley Rail-Trail - Swanton Bridge (Franklin County, Vermont)
Built for the St.J & LC Railroad; Abandoned 1968; Converted to trail use 2009
Timber stringer bridge over Wetlands on Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Lamoille Valley Rail-Trail - Trestle Road Overpass (Caledonia County, Vermont)
Built for the St. J & LC railroad; Abandoned 1997; Converted to snowmobile/pedestrian use 2000's
Steel stringer bridge over Trestle Road on Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
Open to pedestrians only

LVRC - Bridge No. 54 (Lamoille County, Vermont)
Built 1877; Abandoned 1997
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Stream on Lamoille Valley Railroad
Derelict/abandoned

LVRC - Bridge No. 82 (Franklin County, Vermont)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Stream/Cattle Pass on Lamoille Valley Railroad
Derelict/abandoned

LVRC - Bridge No. 90 (Franklin County, Vermont)
Abandoned stone arch bridge over Stream on Lamoille Valley Railroad
Derelict/abandoned

LVRC - Cambridge Junction Bridge (Lamoille County, Vermont)
Original bridge built 1899; Covered span replaced with 2 recycled DPG spans 1968; demolished 2017
Deck plate girder bridge over Lamoille River on Lamoille Valley Railroad
Superstructure removed

LVRC - Fisher Covered Bridge (Lamoille County, Vermont)
Built 1908 by St. Johnsbury & Lamoille County Railroad; Steel stringers added 1968; Line abandoned 1997; Rehabilitated 2001
Covered double Town Lattice through truss bridge over Lamoille River on Lamoille Valley Rail Road
Open to pedestrians only

LVRC - Hardwick Lamoille River Bridge (East) (Caledonia County, Vermont)
Built 1959 for the St. J & LC railroad; Abandoned 1997
Abandoned deck plate girder bridge over Lamoille River on Former St. J & LC railroad
Derelict/abandoned

LVRC - Hardwick Lamoille River Bridge (West) (Caledonia County, Vermont)
Built 1917 by American Bridge Co; Abandoned 1997
Pony/through plate girder bridge over Lamoille River on Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
Open to pedestrians/snowmobiles only

LVRC - Lamoille River Bridge (Greensboro Bend) (Orleans County, Vermont)
Built 1968; Abandoned 1997
Abandoned steel stringer bridge over Lamoille River on Lamoille Valley Railroad
Derelict/abandoned. Deck modified for snowmobile access

LVRC - Lamoille River Bridge (Wolcott East) (Lamoille County, Vermont)
Built 1917 by American Bridge Co; Abandoned 1997
Abandoned baltimore through truss bridge on St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad
Derelict/abandoned

LVRC - Lamoille River Bridge (Wolcott West) (Lamoille County, Vermont)
Abandoned warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Lamoille River on Lamoille Valley Railroad
Derelict/abandoned

LVRC - Missisquoi River Bridge (Sheldon Junction) (Franklin County, Vermont)
Abandoned 1997
Abandoned warren through truss with all verticals bridge over Missisquoi River on Abandoned Lamoille Valley Railroad (Former StJ&LC Railroad)
Derelict/abandoned

LVRC - Morrill Brook Bridge (Caledonia County, Vermont)
Built 1872; Abandoned 1997
Stone arch bridge over Morrill Brook on LVRC
Derelict/abandoned

LVRC - Shawsville Bridge (Franklin County, Vermont)
Built for the St.J & LC Railroad; Abandoned 1997
Abandoned timber stringer bridge over Unnamed creek on Lamoille Valley Rail Trail
Derelict/abandoned.Experiences some use for snowmobiles in the winter months

LVRC - Stannard Brook Bridge (Caledonia County, Vermont)
Built 1928; Rehabilitated 1978; Removed 2001
Lost Deck plate girder bridge over Stannard Brrok and Stannard Mountain Road on LVRC
Removed but not replaced

Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail - Berkshire Bridge (Franklin County, Vermont)
Built 1900 by American Bridge Co.; Inactive 1984-1988; Abandoned 1992; Converted to rail-trail use in 1994
Pin connected Pratt through truss bridge over Missisquoi River on Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Penny Lane Bridge (Caledonia County, Vermont)
Built 1920
Wooden bridge over Lamoille Valley Rail Trail on Penny Lane (C3060) in Danville
Open to traffic

StJ&LC - Missisquoi River Covered Bridge (Franklin County, Vermont)
Built 1898; Bypassed 1968; Destroyed by arson in 1987
Lost Covered bridge over Missisquoi River on former St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad
Destroyed by fire