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23rd Annual Glory Days Festival Celebrates Railroading & Transportation in Historic Downtown White River Junction

Sep 10, 2015 03:03PM ● By Kirsten Gehlbach
In historic downtown White River Junction, the Vermont Glory Days Festival celebrates its 23rd year with a family-oriented, fun-filled two days of celebrating railroading and transportation modes of the past, present, and future. This event offers free admission and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Murder Mystery Dinner Train

New this year is a Murder Mystery Dinner Train on board the Green Mountain Railroad on Saturday, September 12, sponsored by the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce. Murder mysteries are popular events nationwide, and this one has the added attraction of a dinner train. The performance will be produced by RJ Crowley Productions, veterans of many murder mystery productions with performances at area inns and businesses. In this fun-filled entertainment, characters, comedy, and corpses abound.

The mystery begins on Saturday at 4:30pm at the Welcome Center in White River Junction. Elixir will provide pre-boarding hors d’oeuvres, followed by a 5:30pm departure for a three-hour train excursion on the Green Mountain Railroad and a three-course meal catered by Coventry Catering, along with a cash bar. The mystery will unfold along the tracks.

Tickets are limited and can be reserved online at at $65 dollars per person.


Appetizer: Mesclun Greens, blueberries and feta, lemon–poppy seed dressing
Entrée: choose from the following three: Pork Tenderloin with Berry Chipotle Sauce, Poached Salmon with Creamy Dill Sauce, White Mushroom Lasagna
Sides: Rice Pilaf, Squash Puree
Dessert: Apple Crisp with Spiced Whipped Cream
Beverages with a cash bar

Other Festival Events

Festival events include a children’s stage and entertainment, music on the main stage, an evening photo shoot, dinner train, train-ride excursions along the Connecticut River, a LEGO train show, a model train show, engine displays, vintage cars and tractors, carnival rides, and food.

On Saturday, excursion tickets for a 45-minute ride along the Connecticut River will be sold at the festival for $10 per person. Children ages 2 and under ride free. Saturday excursions begin at 10:30am. On Sunday, there will be two longer 90-minute excursions at 10am and at 2pm for $15 per person.

Glory Days Festival Scheduled Highlights

Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13, 2015

Music Starts at 10 am

Saturday, September 12

Green Mountain Train Excursions on the hour beginning at 10:30am – last train departs at 2:45pm

Main stage music begins at 10am and continues until 4pm

Children’s shows at 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm

Murder Mystery Dinner Train departs at 5:30pm

Night Train Photo Shoot at 8pm – directly following the dinner train

Sunday, September 13

Two Green Mountain Train Excursions departing at 10am and 2pm (90-minute excursions along the Connecticut River)

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