Rutland-Middlebury-Burlington party urges rail travel

Inspired by the buzz and You-Tube notoriety around concerts and dances held at rail stations around the world, the Vermont Rail Action Network has scheduled a party and concert at Vermont's own Union Station in Burlington, Nov. 20.

New York City-based quartet, Lez Zeppelin were scheduled to rock the rails as part of a statewide campaign to increase awareness of the advantages of rail travel for Vermonters.

Two taxpayer-funded Amtrak trains serve Vermont and provide a popular travel option for visiting tourists and Vermonters going to New York and beyond.

Rail party sponsors said more investment in Vermont's rail infrastructure is needed to speed up these lines and allow Rutland's "Ethan Allen" train to be extended to Middlebury, Vergennes and Burlington, stopping downtown at the site of the concert.

Lez Zeppelin, an all-female quartet , was recently featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. The group proudly proclaimed the truth inherent to their music: "All girls. All Zeppelin."

"As for the name, and people's suppositions, we don't care what they think," Lez guitarist Steph Paynes said. "If they want to think we're all lesbians, that's fine with us. If they want to try to figure out who is and who isn't, it's all in good fun. It's all part of the mystery."

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