Archive for September, 2011

Train Talk September 13, 2011 5:57 PM

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

307 is 20 min late due to following CSX freight train

Train Talk September 13, 2011 6:03 AM

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

This message is for Manassas Line riders:

Train #324 (Departs Broad Run at 5:45a) has just departed Broad Run 15 minutes late due to signal problems. Next station, Manassas.

Train Talk September 12, 2011 7:33 AM

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Manassas Line Service Advisory
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#328 (Departs Broad Run at 6:40a) is 20 minutes late approaching Backlick Road due operating far track at platforms and other train movements.

Train Talk September 11, 2011 5:59 PM

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

This message is for all riders:

Full Service on Monday

VRE will be operating full service on Monday, September 12. We do NOT expect any significant delays, but do have some specific information for each line.

Fredericksburg Line:
CSX has been working around the clock since Thursday night on several areas of track that had been damaged by flooding. All tracks are now open; however, several temporary speed restrictions along the route are in effect. Similar to after working on the railroad as part of preventative maintenance, these slow orders will be in place until the track settles. This may take several days. Even so, we expect any delays that we experience to be minimal.

Manassas Line:
Norfolk Southern has also been working around the clock since Thursday night to repair parts of their tracks that were damaged. There is still a short section of one of the tracks that is out of service. Because of this, our trains will be single tracking between Burke Centre, Rolling Road and Backlick Road on the track furthest from the station.

Riders will need to use the pedestrian crossing to access the train. Please remain on the platform until the conductors have indicated that it is safe to cross. While there may be no revenue train traffic, there still may be some work trains in the area.

Train Talk September 8, 2011 11:09 PM

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

This message is for all VRE riders:

No VRE Service Friday, September 9

As you may recall, our CEO recently sent out an email talking about the dangers of water to a railroad. We know that you have noticed the excessively wet weather we have experienced recently. Unfortunately, this has done some significant damage to the railroads that we operate over. Portions of both rail lines are currently under water, and there is at least one area where the track bed has washed out from under the tracks.

As a result, VRE has made the decision not to operate service on Friday, September 9. With more rain expected overnight, we prefer to give the railroads the time they need to ensure that the tracks are fully operational. In addition, because the track issues happened during service, several of our train sets are currently being housed in our mid-day storage yard in DC, making the logistics even more complicated.

While we know that this may be inconvenient to many of you, this decision was made in the best interest of your safety. We expect to be fully operational on Monday. If that changes, we will be sure to notify you as soon as possible.

Train Talk September 8, 2011 10:25 PM

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Last Manassas train on the move traveling 15 mph at best

Train Talk September 8, 2011 9:47 PM

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

NS opening tracks for trains to run on Manassas line, trains will travel very slowly

Train Talk September 8, 2011 9:32 PM

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

We have word that all passengers have been bused from Franconia. If there are any passengers left at the station, please take a cab, keep your receipt and we will reimburse.

Train Talk September 8, 2011 8:55 PM

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

May have secured 8 buses for passengers at Alexandria. Will send more info when this is fully verified.

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Still working on getting buses to take people to Manassas.

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Manassas riders can take cabs at Alexandria, save receipts, VRE will reimburse.

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All trains stopped on Fred. line buses are being called. Manassas trains going back to Alexandria, buses will be called for Manassas trains as well.

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337 stopped waiting for NS to clear tracks, will give more info when we have it.

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Tracks being inspected on Manassas line, 337 likely to incur more delays.

Train Talk September 8, 2011 8:23 PM

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Still working on getting buses to take people to Manassas.

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Manassas riders can take cabs at Alexandria, save receipts, VRE will reimburse.

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All trains stopped on Fred. line buses are being called. Manassas trains going back to Alexandria, buses will be called for Manassas trains as well.

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337 stopped waiting for NS to clear tracks, will give more info when we have it.

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Tracks being inspected on Manassas line, 337 likely to incur more delays.