Train Talk July 19, 2011 2:00 PM

Train Talk:Weekly Newsletter
July 19, 2011 2:00 PM

The following is in this edition of Train Talk:
1) Meet the Management Tomorrow at Rolling Road
2) Manassas Celebrates it’s Sesquicentennial
3) Fredericksburg Lot C Location
4) Safety Reminder

1) Meet the Management Tomorrow at Rolling Road

VRE continues our Meet the Management series tomorrow morning at Rolling Road. Come by and ask questions or grab yourself an early morning snack. VRE Management and Staff from our Passenger Support Services, Communications and Operations and IT departments will be in attendance. In addition, Keolis employees from Management and from the train crews will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have.

We hope to see you there.

2) Manassas Celebrates it’s Sesquicentennial

For four incredible days, July 21-24, 2011, Manassas will take the national spotlight. It is the 150th anniversary of the Battle of First Manassas (Bull Run). The First Battle of Manassas in 1861 was the first major land battle of the Civil War. During the war, the North generally named a battle after the closest river, stream or creek; and the South tended to name battles after towns or railroad junctions. Hence the Confederate name Manassas after Manassas Junction and the Union name Bull Run for the stream Bull Run. Visitors will be able to watch the Blue and Gray clash on the fields of Manassas, hear the Lincoln- Douglas debate that was a prelude to the war, and get a look at what slave quarters looked like in 1861.

80 Events are scheduled throughout the four days at various locations. On Thursday, July 21st at 4:00, witness a recreation of the 1911 National Jubilee of Peace with President Taft, Civil War Veterans, peace maidens, along with vintage automobiles, at the Old Manassas Courthouse, intersection of Lee and Grant Avenues. After the Jubilee, local dignitaries will host Welcome Ceremonies at the Harris Pavilion, followed by live Civil War period music with dance instructors at 7 pm. 9116 Center Street.

On Friday, July 22, the largest reenactor parade in Northern Virginia will begin at 10 am. Civil War reenactors from around the country are invited to camp and participate in a military parade through Old Town Manassas streets to Liberia.

Throughout the entire event, the City of Manassas Historic Sites will be having continuous demonstrations including living history demonstrations, blacksmithing, soap making, cooking demos, horse training, military drilling, lectures, camp medicine, African-American art, story-telling, music, mock cannon firings, and lectures including how espionage affected the battle outcome. For more detailed information and locations visit www.manassascivilwar.org.

Because city officials expect up to 30,000 visitors a day, July 21 – 24, there will be no public parking at the Manassas Museum, Liberia, Cannon Branch or Mayfield Forts, the Cemetery or Jennie Dean Historic Site. Drivers will not be permitted through event areas. Entrance to Sesquicentennial events in Manassas City is by shuttle bus only.

Visitors may park for free at the Prince William County Fairgrounds, 10624 Dumfries Road, and board a shuttle bus to the Manassas Train Depot, where they can purchase a shuttle bus ticket package of $20 per person per day (children up to four years old ride free). The daily ticket purchase provides access to all City sites, bus transfer and a $5 Manassas gift card. Shuttle buses will take visitors from the depot directly to all the sites.

The Old town Parking Garage will remain open for VRE commuters and for those who want to shop and dine downtown.

Road closures for this event could mean some congestion on Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday.

*Prince William St. CLOSED from Grant Ave. to the parking garage

*West St. CLOSED between Center St. and Prince William St.

*Battle St. CLOSED between Center St. and Prince William St.

The Kiss and Ride area will be moved to the intersection of Prince William and Main Streets.

For a complete list of road closures and other information, visit http://files.manassascivilwar.org/Road-Closures.pdf .

3) Fredericksburg Lot C Location

The new lot C at 400 Charles Street is now able to be used. Remember, please only park in those spaces that are specifically marked with a VRE parking sign.

A map of the lot c parking locations can be found on our website at http://www.vre.org/graphics/service/lot_c_fbg.jpg.

The owner of original lot C (which has been replaced with the new above Lot C in Fredericksburg)

begins towing parking violators today.

4) Safety Reminder

Conductors ask that you do not use the emergency door valves to open up the exterior doors.

These valves are meant only to be used in an emergency.

Thank you.


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