Archive for May, 2011

Train Talk May 31, 2011 7:23 PM

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Update 1 720p-
337 has departed Washington approximately 27 minutes late.

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337 is experiencing problems departing Washington Union Station due to power outages that are creating communications problems. Delays of 30 minutes are possible.

Train Talk May 31, 2011 7:17 PM

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

337 is experiencing problems departing Washington Union Station due to power outages that are creating communications problems. Delays of 30 minutes are possible.

Train Talk May 31, 2011 2:22 PM

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

Train Talk:News You Can Use
May 31, 2011 2:22 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) Meet the Management Tomorrow at Leeland Road
2) On-Line Forum
3) Summer Fridays on the Fredericksburg Line
4) Upcoming Manassas Line Track Work

1) Meet the Management Tomorrow at Leeland Road

VRE continues our popular Meet the Management series tomorrow morning at Leeland Road. Come by and ask questions or grab yourself some early morning snacks and goodies. VRE Management and Staff from our Construction and Facilities, Passenger Support Services, and Equipment departments will be in attendance. In addition, Keolis will be sending their Manager of Locomotives and a locomotive engineer to answer any questions you may have.

We hope to see your there!

2) On-Line Forum

If you aren’t able to go to Meet the Management tomorrow, you can always take part in our monthly on-line forum. Tomorrow at noon, our CEO, will be taking your questions about VRE. To participate, visit our website at http://vre.org/chatterbox/. To submit a question, click on the ASK image. Or you can just watch the conversation flow. Can’t make it to this one either? Archives can always be found on our website at http://vre.org/feedback/forums/archives.htm.

3) Summer Fridays on the Fredericksburg Line

Train 303 riders will notice an 8 car train set on that train every Friday through the rest of the summer months. This is being done to accommodate the increased ridership that we have noticed on this train on Fridays. As a result, Train 307 will be reduced to 6 cars every Friday through the summer.

Manassas Line riders on train 327, we know your train is crowded on Fridays as well. We are continuing to watch these numbers to see if we can make a similar switch on the Manassas Line.

4) Upcoming Manassas Line Track Work

Norfolk Southern will be replacing ties on the track that connects the Norfolk Southern line to the CSX line just south of Alexandria. This work will occur from Monday, June 6 to Thursday, June 9, and will result speed restrictions and single tracking through this area for Manassas line trains. At this time we cannot accurately predict what kind of delays, if any at all, will occur. After work is complete, slow orders will be put on the track until proper tonnage passes over. We are working with Norfolk Southern and CSX to ensure that our trains are moved as expeditiously as possible.


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Train Talk May 27, 2011 4:50 PM

Friday, May 27th, 2011

This message is for riders of Manassas Line train 331:

Union Station Track Assignment

Manassas Line train #331 (Departs Union Station at 5:05p) is boarding on track 28 this evening.

Train Talk May 27, 2011 9:02 AM

Friday, May 27th, 2011

Train Talk:Reminder
May 27, 2011 9:02 AM

Happy Memorial Day

Since for most of you, this is the last workday before the Memorial Day weekend, we expect the biggest loads on Fredericksburg Line Train #303 (departing Union Station at 3:35pm) and Manassas Line Train #327 (departing Union Station at 3:45pm). As a result, these are the longest trains today to better accommodate the riders leaving early for the holiday weekend.

Also remember that VRE will not operate service on Monday, May 30th in observance of Memorial Day. Regular service will resume on Tuesday, May 31st.

Enjoy your long weekend and remember to honor those who sacrificed their lives while serving their country.


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Train Talk May 25, 2011 3:47 PM

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Train Talk:Response to Last Night’s Delays
May 25, 2011 3:47 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) Intro
2) What Happened
3) Complications
4) FRCs
5) Statement from CSX

1) Intro

VRE deeply apologizes for the delays last night. While we know that words are of little comfort when you have felt stranded, we know we need to at least start there. Ultimately, it was a CSX train that caused the issue, and we have included a statement from CSX on this incident. We wanted to take this time to explain what happened, acknowledge what didn’t work, and let you know what measures we are taking to address what we can.

2) What Happened

Last night at approximately 4:30pm, a CSX freight train experienced a mechanical difficulty. VRE staff heard it first through the radio communications that the CSX crew had with the dispatcher. To everyone involved, the problem seemed to be a relatively benign one that occurs regularly in the field. The fix is normally simple and the train is on its way within 20 minutes. Unfortunately, there were some complications in resolving the mechanical issues and the train was not able to recover for 3 hours. VRE and Keolis management were on the scene working to assist the CSX train crew, and ultimately, Amtrak was able to provide some spare parts to get the train moving.

3) Complications

The matter became further complicated by the fact that the train was in the process of moving from one track to the other through a critical junction between the Fredericksburg and Manassas Lines. As a result, it blocked both tracks when it became disabled. Thankfully, this was in an area where there are three tracks. While it took longer than we would have liked, having the third track available to our trains meant that we could operate a delayed service rather than cancel our service completely.

Communications are always difficult, especially in complicated situations like last night. Our biggest frustration was our inability to estimate when the problems would be resolved. We know that you shared this frustration, especially if you were on Fredericksburg Line train 305. With train 305 trapped on track 3 behind the freight train and an Amtrak train, ultimately our only option was to back track to a place where the train could be switched over to track one and join the parade south. Most trains were between 40 and 70 minutes late. Train 305, unfortunately, suffered the biggest delay of nearly three hours. For that, we sincerely apologize.

For Manassas Line riders, train 337 riders were challenged with getting to the Van Dorn Street Metro station in a timely manner and then with finding the train at the Norfolk Southern train yard. Since we have only use the Van Dorn Yard during planned service disruptions, we are looking into ways that we can improve the use of this transfer for spontaneous service disruptions, including providing maps and directions on our website.

We have heard from riders that there were some issues receiving Train Talk, and we are looking into them with our vendor.

4) FRCs

FRCs were handed out on all trains but one. If you feel that you are owed an FRC and did not receive one, please visit our website at http://vre.org/programs/PDF/frc-request.pdf for information on how to receive one.

5) Statement from CSX

As you know, a CSX freight train experienced a mechanical problem as it moved through Alexandria, Va. shortly before 4:30 yesterday afternoon, resulting in substantial delays to VRE and Amtrak passengers. The train had a problem that could not be immediately repaired, and the location of the train affected the movement of VRE and Amtrak service through the area. This also slowed the ability of passengers to get on and off their trains at Alexandria.

CSX personnel were in constant communication with VRE and Amtrak officials so they could provide timely information to commuters.

We sincerely regret the inconvenience this unusual situation caused and will continue to work hard to avoid anything like it in the future.

CSX Transportation


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Train Talk May 24, 2011 8:06 PM

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Anyone who missed the Van Dorn departure, please take a cab and mail in your receipt to VRE

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337 will depart Van Dorn at 8pm

Train Talk May 24, 2011 7:59 PM

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

313 finally on the move following an amtrak train

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disabled freight is starting to move. 313 should be on the move soon

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train 313 is holding along with two amtrak trains for on coming congestion to clear

Train Talk May 24, 2011 7:34 PM

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

disabled freight is starting to move. 313 should be on the move soon

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train 313 is holding along with two amtrak trains for on coming congestion to clear

Train Talk May 24, 2011 7:26 PM

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

337 will depart Van Dorn at 8pm