Expanded Virginia Regional Service

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Re: Expanded Virginia Regional Service

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu May 24, 2018 10:53 pm

My apologies for the question that follows if this answer can be found here, but both Google and the forum's search feature turn up unrelated results with the broad search terms I have available (I'm not too familiar with the area).

Why does Amtrak utilize the North End Sub instead of the Bellwood sub to get through the Richmond area? With only Newport News service operating via Main St Richmond, downtown Richmond sees just two round trips a day. If they used the Bellwood Sub, Richmond-proper could see 3.5x the current service to DC, plus a bunch of currently non-existent connections to cities to the south, including Norfolk. My guess is it is very congested with freight, but again, I'm unfamiliar with the area. I only know the names of the two different subdivisions because of OpenRailwayMap.
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Re: Expanded Virginia Regional Service

Postby mtuandrew » Thu May 24, 2018 11:24 pm

Boston: not fully sure myself, but my educated guess is that
A) Acca Yard is a pain to get through
B) the Bellwood isn’t maintained to the same standard south of RVM as it is north of there
C) guessing there is lots of local traffic south of RVM as well
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Re: Expanded Virginia Regional Service

Postby Alex M » Sat May 26, 2018 7:48 pm

Plans for the Richmond to Raleigh SEHSR call for almost all Amtrak trains to be routed over the S line which would make Main St. Station back into a pre 1959 station when SAL and C&O both used it. At Petersburgh, some Amtrak trains rejoin the A line while others keep to the S line to Raleigh, once that gets built.
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Re: Expanded Virginia Regional Service

Postby gokeefe » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:47 pm

I can't ever remember reading about two main line tracks being built simultaneously ever ...

I would imagine it has been decades since this type of expansion has taken place anywhere ...
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Re: Expanded Virginia Regional Service

Postby Joke Insurance » Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:53 am

Are there any plans for NS to add second tracks along the NS Piedmont Division between Manassas and Charlottesville along sections that are current single tracked? That could be beneficial for adding more service for Charlottesville, Lynchburg, and Roanoke.
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Re: Expanded Virginia Regional Service

Postby ThirdRail7 » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:23 am

BostonUrbEx wrote:My apologies for the question that follows if this answer can be found here, but both Google and the forum's search feature turn up unrelated results with the broad search terms I have available (I'm not too familiar with the area).

Why does Amtrak utilize the North End Sub instead of the Bellwood sub to get through the Richmond area? With only Newport News service operating via Main St Richmond, downtown Richmond sees just two round trips a day. If they used the Bellwood Sub, Richmond-proper could see 3.5x the current service to DC, plus a bunch of currently non-existent connections to cities to the south, including Norfolk. My guess is it is very congested with freight, but again, I'm unfamiliar with the area. I only know the names of the two different subdivisions because of OpenRailwayMap.



The Passenger Main bypass around Acca yard (when utilized) feeds directly into the North End sub, which is your route to Petersburg and Florida. The Bellwood sub has a maximum speed of 30mph and ultimately connects to the North End sub. The North End sub is good for 79mph.

It wouldn't make a lot of sense to use the Bellwood on a regular basis.
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