Train rolls into Middlebury to great fanfare

MARY O’BRIEN AND Mark Lucas of Starksboro present their tickets before boarding the Ethan Allen Express train in Middlebury; they were celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary. This was the first passenger train in Addison County with service to New York City since 1953. The $77 million rail project that turned downtown Middlebury upside down the past five years made this trip possible. Independent photo/Steve James

As the Amtrak train pulled into Middlebury’s new Seymour Street station at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, July 29, those walking down the steps from the train to the platform suddenly became local celebrities walking the red carpet, with people flashing cameras in their faces and asking, wide-eyed, “how was it?”

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