Virgin Rail née Brightline/AAF Orlando - Miami FL FEC

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Re: Virgin Rail née Brightline/AAF Orlando - Miami FL FEC

Post by JasW » Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:05 am

bostontrainguy wrote:Interestingly, the new info has a station called "Disney". The idea for a station on Disney property has been bantered around for a while and the last thing I remember is that WDW did not want a station on their property. Perhaps the new flashy image or Mr. Branson himself has changed their mind?
Actually, the proposal Brightline submitted to the Florida DOT called for a "Disney" station off Disney property, by the I-4 and SR 417 interchange in the northern tip of Celebration. I would imagine there would have to be car rental facilities there, unless they think people will just travel via Uber.

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Re: Virgin Rail née Brightline/AAF Orlando - Miami FL FEC

Post by bostontrainguy » Wed Apr 10, 2019 8:21 am

Yeah that would be pretty much useless for Universal and Seaworld. The airport would be closer then Celebration so that would pretty much just be a "Disney" station.

And there should be a shuttle. Why rent a car that is only going to sit in the hotel parking lot for three days? Also if you are going to rent a car you matter as well do that at the airport saving time and probably money since airports are often cheaper locations.

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Re: Virgin Rail née Brightline/AAF Orlando - Miami FL FEC

Post by Bob Roberts » Tue May 21, 2019 1:49 pm

Brightline / Virgin say that construction on the Orlando segment plus upgrading the existing FEC tracks to Class VI is now underway and the first load of rail is enroute from the Fort Wayne mill.

http://press.gobrightline.com/showPress ... /100061720" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Virgin Rail née Brightline/AAF Orlando - Miami FL FEC

Post by gokeefe » Tue May 21, 2019 6:34 pm

Never in my life did I think I would read the phrase, "60 track miles of class VII rail construction" in the context of private sector passenger rail service.

Mr. Norman,

Is it "for real" in your eyes yet? I know the financial metrics still aren't good but I have to wonder if this latest development begins to shift the perspective. We are a far cry from the early days of "bankrupt before they turn a wheel".
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Virgin Starts work on Orlando leg

Post by frequentflyer » Wed May 22, 2019 9:56 am

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/f ... story.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Never thought this day would happen, all the best Virgin.

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Re: Virgin Rail née Brightline/AAF Orlando - Miami FL FEC

Post by Jeff Smith » Tue Jun 18, 2019 9:53 am

Speeds: https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os ... story.html
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From Cocoa to Orlando International Airport, speed will vary slightly.

Cegelis said at Interstate 95, Virgin tracks will pass under S.R. 528 from its north side to its south side, a jog that will hold trains to 90 mph.

From I-95 to State Road 417, Virgin Trains will hug S.R. 528 – the Beachline – at 125 mph. Even motorists breaking the 70 mph speed limit on the adjoining expressway will be quickly overtaken by Virgin’s trains, company officials noted.
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