WhartonAndNorthern wrote: ↑Tue Jan 11, 2022 12:45 pm
njtmnrrbuff wrote: ↑Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:48 pm
I remember that something used to stop in Suffolk, in terms of passenger rail. Yes I know that the station still stands and its present location is centrally located. Not only would it serve the City of Suffolk. It would serve other nearby cities west of the James River like Smithfield and even some of the towns in the Northeastern part of NC like Murfreesboro.
I agree that there should be a stop in Suffolk or at least one more stop in the 85 miles between Norfolk and Petersburg but to be honest, those small towns along the N&W: Waverly, Disputanta, etc. don't really justify a stop.
I've seen one solitary source (so I'm not sure of it's credibility) state that Virginia wanted to switch to the abandoned Virginia right of way (which parallels the CSX ex-SAL line for a stretch) just west of Suffolk for the last leg so they didn't want to invest in a Suffolk station that would need to be moved.
This would of course require relaying all the rail and adding signals to the RoW. It has the advantage of bypassing Portlock Yard and a lot of the coal traffic but still rejoins the main line closer to the coal docks. Honestly, since the main line is so straight, they'd be better off dropping funds on building a third pax-only track in segments when funds allow along the RoW and signalling it for 90+ mph.
Honestly, the state would be better off making a flyover from the Ex VGN near a "kangaroo express" (which used to be a grade crossing, and paying to lay a 2nd track on the northside of the former SAL, which is passenger only.
It looks like it was graded for 2 tracks, and one was ripped out.
Maybe switch to VGN for the bridge over a marsh and under the Commonwealth railway, but the back to SAL , as the ROW is now a trail, and part of a street after that.
The station location needs to be kept, the Bus hub is across the street. If anything make it part of a transit center, which covered the bus hub.
I guess negotiate with CSX for the northern siding, so a high level platform could go in. If the either switch to the VGN, or stay on SAL, a new flyover will be needed to connect to the NS norfolk district. I assume that there won't be so much passenger service to require double tracks.
I thought the reason they can't go to 90+ from 79, is there are too many level grade crossings to beef up?