Fleeting Summer



This image of a watercolor painting by the well-known artist Gil Reid was featured in a posting on Amtrak’s History blog the other day.

The posting — “A Closer Look: Fleeting Summer” — looks back at the history of Amtrak’s Montrealer service, which operated overnight between Washington and Montreal until 1995.

The painting shows the southbound Montrealer crossing the historic 3,800-foot-long East Alburg Trestle on Lake Champlain in northwestern Vermont.

Yes, it has been a long time since an Amtrak train crossed this trestle.

The good news is that plans are afoot to extend Amtrak’s Vermonter to Montreal — over this trestle.