Does NS use Mananas to DC?

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Does NS use Mananas to DC?

Postby gprimr1 » Wed Apr 25, 2018 1:22 pm

Do they have any freight activity between DC and Manassas Junction?

Or is that route exclusivly VRE?
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Re: Does NS use Mananas to DC?

Postby charding » Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:21 am

...although I don't know the level of activity, when we go to the Burke Farmers' Market at the Burke VRE station, NS trains do go by...but, again, not sure of the level of activity...also AMTRAK uses this line and, if fact, one train stops at the Burke VRE station...think the train is the one the goes thru to Roanoke and return...
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Re: Does NS use Mananas to DC?

Postby D40LF » Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:29 pm

There is a yard just outside of Alexandria that used to see some traffic (I'm not sure if its changed much as I haven't seen it in a few years). NS no longer runs down the Alexandria spur since the Washington Post facility and the coal power plant are both shut. They don't really run moves into DC, but I believe they have the trackage rights to do so.
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Re: Does NS use Mananas to DC?

Postby gprimr1 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:04 pm

I like to visit there once or twice a summer and watch the VRE trains; always wondered if I'd ever see an NS one since Alexandria power plant and the Washington Post plant closed.
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Re: Does NS use Mananas to DC?

Postby NS212 » Sun Apr 29, 2018 11:21 am

Rock trains from Manassas go up on weekdays and return. Also, a local based in Alexandria. K87, I believe. They switch the ethanol facility, and as far as I know the Washington Post still gets service, so they switch there as well. Once or twice a week, sometimes not even that, a unit ethanol train also comes up to Alexandria.
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Re: Does NS use Mananas to DC?

Postby D40LF » Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:09 pm

NS212 wrote:They switch the ethanol facility, and as far as I know the Washington Post still gets service, so they switch there as well. Once or twice a week, sometimes not even that, a unit ethanol train also comes up to Alexandria.

Your right about the ethanol facility.

The Washington Post hasn't received any carloads in quite a while. They sold the Alexandria facility (known as Robinson Terminal) back in 2013. You can see in the link below, the tracks were completely overgrown in 2016.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/144440720 ... 817042802/
https://articles.washingtonpost.com/201 ... ion-street
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Re: Does NS use Mananas to DC?

Postby NS212 » Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:59 pm

Ahhh. Thanks for the clarification. I spoke with my dad the other day about the locals around Manassas (he's an engineer and I will be starting out of Manassas in June after training class in May) and he said that the local switches the Washington Post too. Though he hadn't been up in Alexandria for quite sometime so he may not have known that.
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Re: Does NS use Mananas to DC?

Postby charding » Sat May 05, 2018 8:32 am

...as luck would have it, we went to the farmers' market at the Burke VA VRE Station...at 0810 today, an NS freight [about 10 cars] went by heading toward Alexandria...
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Re: Does NS use Mananas to DC?

Postby mtuandrew » Sat May 19, 2018 9:00 pm

D40LF wrote:
NS212 wrote:They switch the ethanol facility, and as far as I know the Washington Post still gets service, so they switch there as well. Once or twice a week, sometimes not even that, a unit ethanol train also comes up to Alexandria.

Your right about the ethanol facility.

The Washington Post hasn't received any carloads in quite a while. They sold the Alexandria facility (known as Robinson Terminal) back in 2013. You can see in the link below, the tracks were completely overgrown in 2016.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/144440720 ... 817042802/
https://articles.washingtonpost.com/201 ... ion-street

That’s the original Robinson Terminal, on the water in Old Town. The Robinson Terminal/WaPo facility out at the Beltway just west of Spaghetti Junction still gets service from NS.

Van Dorn Yard is fairly busy, there are always a couple six-axle GEs and often a Geep tied up there, as well as the aforementioned oil unit train. I don’t know if the asphalt facility gets rail shipments too, but it wouldn’t surprise me. It’s easy to railfan from Van Dorn Metro Station.
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Re: Does NS use Mananas to DC?

Postby D40LF » Sun May 20, 2018 11:19 pm

mtuandrew wrote:That’s the original Robinson Terminal, on the water in Old Town. The Robinson Terminal/WaPo facility out at the Beltway just west of Spaghetti Junction still gets service from NS.

Van Dorn Yard is fairly busy, there are always a couple six-axle GEs and often a Geep tied up there, as well as the aforementioned oil unit train. I don’t know if the asphalt facility gets rail shipments too, but it wouldn’t surprise me. It’s easy to railfan from Van Dorn Metro Station.


Forgot about the facility by the Beltway - I have'nt been over there in a few years. I wonder if those freights have a schedule or run on an as needed basis.
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