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If the thought of a scenic drive to the Green Mountains after five straight days of hard work doesn't exactly sound like your cup of tea, we have a terrific alternative for you - particularly if you live or work in Manhattan, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. or Hartford. Amtrak conducts daily service to two different stations that are convenient to Hawk. The best thing about taking a train to central Vermont - all you have to do is sit back, relax, enjoy the scenery, and let Amtrak do all the work.

Amtrak Barrelling Through the Vermont Wilderness

It was in the 1930s, when alpine skiing was born in America, that sudden demand brought the advent of the "ski train." Rail lines like the Boston and Maine and the New York and New Haven saw a new market as word of the adventurous new sport spread, and they began running trains to the snowy hills of the north country. By the winter of 1937, 70,000 skiers bought train tickets to travel from New York City to New England's slopes. That very same year, over 8,000 skiers headed north from Boston's North Station on Washington's Birthday week. With names like the "Sun Tan Snow Train" and "The Ski Meister," these trains were a boisterous party and passengers could rent equipment and sign-up for lessons with ski instructors during their ride up. However, while skiing continued to flourish, ski trains faded in the 1950s with the expansion of the interstate highway system.

Taking the Train is an Idea Whose Time has Come...Once Again

Suddenly, taking the train to ski country is back, as more and more passengers are rediscovering the adventure of rail travel and the pleasure of relaxing and leaving worries about winter driving conditions behind. The Ethan Allen Express, which began running in 1996, operates twice-daily service between New York's Penn Station and Rutland, Vermont (30 minutes from Hawk). Alternately, Amtrak's Vermonter operates daily service between Washington's Union Station, Philadelphia's 30th Street Station, New York's Penn Station and White River Junction, Vermont (45 minutes from Hawk).

See Also

The Ethan Allen Express
The Vermonter

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