BURLINGTON, Vt. - Fifty years ago Monday, the Vermont Rail System received its first delivery in Burlington. That was cause for celebration at Union Station Monday afternoon.
Back in 1964, Jay Wulfson, originally from New Jersey, opened up the nation's first privately-owned railroad that operated on publically-owned right of way.
The Vermont Rail System has since grown into 350 miles of track. But it still operates as a family business.
“We feel the 150 people who work with us are our family. And that's what helps us be successful,” said David Wulfson, president of Vermont Rail System and son of founder, Jay Wulfson.
“They are serving local. Actually, 90% of their businesses that they support are right here in the state of Vermont,” said VT Lt. Governor Phil Scott.
At Monday’s ceremony, the Vermont Rail System unveiled a 50th anniversary engine. The engine was dedicated to the late founder's wife, Joan Wulfson.