Central Vermont [Vermont]
Essex Junction, Vermont
June 3, 1976

Essex Junction, Vermont, is where the Central Vermont's branch to Burlington joins the CV main line. The track at right is the Burlington Branch, with the main line at left. The station itself is a simple block wall structure, and apparently a train order agency judging by the train order signal to the right of the track.

Essex Junction achieved a kind of immortality when a well-heeled passenger, the Honorable Edward J. Phelps, arriving from Burlington, boarded the wrong train and found himself right back in Burlington. The result was the poem "Lay of the Lost Traveler," which has been reprinted in innumerable anthologies. (For one of the many available texts on the Web see

This page posted 6/1/2018. Text and photo ©2018 Lamont Downs.