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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby mmi16 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:48 pm

The new Virginia Avenue Tunnel is scheduled to open December 23, 2016

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When the new tunnel is opened, the old one will be closed for its renovation.
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby Arlington » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:23 pm

Super cool!

How are they doing vs schedule? And is the old tunnel being re-dimensioned, to or just refinished?
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby mmi16 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:50 pm

Ahead of schedule. The old tunnel will be rebuilt from the ground up.
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby Arlington » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:34 am

So they went with the "two new tunnels" option?
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby STrRedWolf » Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:25 pm

Arlington wrote:So they went with the "two new tunnels" option?
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From the Virginia Ave Tunnel Pamphlet it looks like they did.
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby srepetsk » Fri Dec 23, 2016 12:22 pm

Well, I suppose this is news. CSX put out a video showing the first double-stack freight heading through the tunnel. https://twitter.com/CSX/status/812346165320679424
Once VAT is done, what would be the next plate height limitation to the north?
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby mmi16 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:45 pm

srepetsk wrote:Well, I suppose this is news. CSX put out a video showing the first double-stack freight heading through the tunnel. https://twitter.com/CSX/status/812346165320679424
Once VAT is done, what would be the next plate height limitation to the north?

Once you crossover the Anacostia River, Timetable directions are E-W. The next restriction to the East is Howard Street Tunnel in Baltimore, East of Baltimore the next major restriction is Boone Tunnel just West of Philadelphia.

City of Baltimore and CSX have submitted a Fast Track grant application for assistance in the renovations necessary for the Howard Street Tunnel.
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby amtrakhogger » Sat Dec 24, 2016 8:54 am

The first train through the tunnel was remarkably free of graffiti (at least the first 1/3 of the consist anyway.)
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby mmi16 » Sat Dec 24, 2016 12:32 pm

amtrakhogger wrote:The first train through the tunnel was remarkably free of graffiti (at least the first 1/3 of the consist anyway.)


Like you don't part your hair and wash you face when you KNOW you are going to have your picture taken.
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby gokeefe » Thu Dec 29, 2016 8:37 pm

That was more than just free of graffiti. Those engines were polished and shined with matching company containers double stacked in the first three wells.
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby mmi16 » Thu Dec 29, 2016 11:41 pm

gokeefe wrote:That was more than just free of graffiti. Those engines were polished and shined with matching company containers double stacked in the first three wells.


Spit & Polish for the photo op!
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby Arlington » Sat Dec 31, 2016 10:33 pm

Have they left themselves room for a 3rd tunnel? Seems like the two new bores are far enough north in the ROW that they could come back and put a 3rd in if they'd wanted to .
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby charding » Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:26 am

...the February 2017 edition of Trains magazine has an article on the Virginia Ave tunnel...page 38...
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Re: Virginia Avenue Tunnel project

Postby mmi16 » Sun Jan 01, 2017 3:31 pm

Arlington wrote:Have they left themselves room for a 3rd tunnel? Seems like the two new bores are far enough north in the ROW that they could come back and put a 3rd in if they'd wanted to .

Two should be adequate for the next century or so - the next bottleneck is the single track from control point Chesapeake Jct to control point Tuxedo. The problem is the necessity to construct a bridge.
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