press"> press" />

7061 East Pleasant Valley Road, Independence, Ohio 44131 • (216) 241-2630 / Fax: (216) 241-6516

Membership
Benefits
News and Issues
Departments
Secretary-Treasurers
Information
Merchandise
Communications
FELA
Events
Links
User Info

Norfolk Southern to increase maximum speeds for Amtrak trains between Norfolk and Petersburg

(Source: Norfolk Southern press release, October 4, 2012)

NORFOLK, Va. — In preparation for the start of Amtrak passenger rail service between Norfolk and Richmond in December, Amtrak will begin operating trains to qualify train crews at 79 mph beginning in mid-October. These trains will not be carrying passengers. The speed increase will be effective on Norfolk Southern’s tracks between Portlock Yard in Chesapeake and downtown Suffolk, and between downtown Suffolk and Petersburg. Train speeds through downtown Suffolk will increase from 40 mph to 60 mph in the summer of 2013.

Freight trains will continue to operate at the current maximum speed of 60 mph.

Track and warning signal improvements have been made to allow for the increases in train speeds. Motorists are reminded to obey railroad crossing signals and warnings and to use caution when approaching all highway-rail grade crossings.

Virginia Operation Lifesaver presenters are available to make presentations to community groups, school children, bus and truck drivers and others who live or travel near train tracks to offer safety tips. Operation Lifesaver is a nationwide public education program to promote public awareness of the highway-rail crossing environment and to encourage compliance with the traffic laws relating to crossing signs and signals and trespassing.

Friday, October 05, 2012

Like us on Facebook at
Facebook.com/BLETNational

Sign up for BLET News Flash Alerts

© 1997-2016 Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen

 


Decertification Helpline
(216) 694-0240

National Negotiations

Sign up for BLET
News Flash Alerts

DAILY HEADLINES

Get the latest labor news from the Teamsters
Illinois bill would double fine for driving around railroad gates
Northern California high-speed rail scoping meeting
UP trestle burns in California, homeless camp investigated
Amtrak seeks developer for Chicago Union Station overhaul
Schumer to Metro-North: Fix communication
High cost of housing hurts workers
Charleston residents show support for proposed rail yard, with some caveats
UP to offer ‘Dallas to Dock’ plastic resin shipping
Lewisville school bus workers join Teamsters Local 745 in Dallas
Maryland man pleads guilty to stealing hardware, CSX railroad track
Inside the world’s longest rail tunnel
Railroad Retirement age reductions

More Headlines