Bellows Falls tunnel can accommodate larger trains

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Railroad officials say the Bellows Falls Tunnel can accommodate larger, double-stacked railroad cars without being altered. A member of the Railroad Association of Vermont told Transportation Agency officials and lawmakers that bits of the track can be lowered instead of reworking the historic stone-tunnel.

The plan was drawn up by the Railroad Association and New England Central Railroad.

The tunnel, which was built in 1851, is seen by some as a stumbling block in the state’s plan to modernize the railroad system. The state is currently reviewing its rail plan and the final report is expected to be out in April.

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