40th Annual Convention


Burlington, Vermont

September 18-22 


As you register, please note the following:

  • All convention registrants must be current AAPRCO members. To join or renew your membership, visit http://www.aaprco.com/join/renew-or-join/
  • Passengers on the Green Mountain Flyer who are not registering for the convention must be current AAPRCO members or the spouse, significant other, or relative of a current AAPRCO member who is also traveling aboard the special train.
  • Each individual must complete and submit a convention registration form.
  • All events, whether free of charge or paid, require a reservation. Please be sure to indicate which complimentary events you wish to attend in the "Excursions and Add-Ons" section of your registration form. This is necessary to establish a headcount for each event.
  • Passengers on the Green Mountain Flyer who are not registering for the convention still need to submit a registration form if they wish to take part in any optional excursions en route or to purchase car party or Bon Voyage tickets during the convention.
  • All excursion and tour fees are non-refundable unless a tour is not operated or cancelled.
  • Itinerary and excursions are subject to change.
Some events, though offered free of charge, will still require a reservation.


September 14-22, 2017


Hilton Burlington
60 Battery Street
Burlington, VT 05401


Click here to make your reservations.

Driving Directions 


Julie King, Executive Director


















































September 18

For those of you arriving in Burlington on the 18th, join us aboard the Spirit of Ethan Allen for an unforgettable 2 hour sunset dinner cruise and reception along the shores of Lake Champlain. After the cruise, take some time to explore the city.  The cruise is free for special train riders, and registered convention attendees not riding the train may purchase tickets for this event when they register online. 


September 19

The first day of the convention leads off with a keynote presentation by Amtrak CEO Wick Moorman. Moorman's address is followed by an "Ask Amtrak" Panel, as well as informative sessions on mechanical, safety, and regulatory news.  The day concludes with the first of our two car parties.

 September 20 

Day two is our day to explore the area, and we have two incredible excursions planned!

The first excursion takes us south about seven miles to the home of the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory where we'll have the opportunity to purchase a cuddly new friend.  Then it's off to the Shelbourne Museum, one of the nation's most diverse museums of art, design, and Americana.  The museum is also home to the historic Lake Champlain steamboat “Ticonderoga" launched in 1906, an 1890 railroad station, and a 1914 steam locomotive.  The Shelbourne has something for everyone!  Cost of the excursion includes round-trip transportation, a box lunch, and admission to the museum. 

The second excursion will take us to the Town of Stowe.  In Stowe, we will ride the Stowe Gondola to the top of Mount Mansfield for a view of three states and a Canadian province. 

After descending, it's off to the von Trapp Brewery and Bierhall.  We'll enjoy lunch followed by a presentation and tour of the famous von Trapp Family Lodge led by one of the von Trapp grandchildren. The von Trapp Family was made famous in the 1965 musical drama "Sound of Music."  Ticket price includes round-trip transportation, gondola ride, lunch, and tour of the lodge.

After returning to Burlington, we will enjoy our second car party.

September 21

Day three's schedule includes car owner, C-member, and annual membership meetings.  These are followed by a presentation from the Rutland Railroad Historical Society.  The board of directors  will meet in the afternoon.  Those not attending the afternoon board meeting will enjoy a trip back to Stowe for a visit to the Ziemke Glass Blowing Studio, a stop at the Cabot Cheese Marketplace, and a tour of the Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, complete with samples.

The convention concludes with a Bon Voyage Cocktail Party at ECHO.  Located on the shore of Lake Champlain, ECHO is one of Vermont's most memorable and unique event locations.