NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Rail System is celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday with two free round-trip train rides from North Bennington to Manchester.

Trains will leave North Bennington station at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the trip is expected to take about an hour and a half. Additionally, the North Bennington Village Board of Trustees will open the Train Station to the public from 9 a.m. until the departure of the second train.

"This year, Vermont Rail System celebrates a half century of continuous, family-owned and operated freight and passenger services," said VRS in a statement, "We are commemorating this milestone with a series of special train excursions throughout Vermont. Join us on a free trip from North Bennington to Manchester as we thank you, the customers, community leaders, and friends who have supported us for the past 50 years."

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. Visit vrs.us.com/50th to reserve tickets, or call 802-658-2550 for more information.