L'Enfant North and South Storage Track
L’ENFANT (NORTH) STORAGE TRACK
VRE and CSX Transportation (CSXT) are working together to prepare a section of track North of L’Enfant Station for additional train storage. CSXT added a stub-end storage track just north of the VRE L’Enfant Station several years ago. To prepare the track for storage capability, CSXT is installing powered switches and signaling at both ends of the track, while VRE is constructing the appliances needed to supply power to a VRE train laying over on the track during the midday. In September, Pepco completed the installation of the conduit necessary to provide power to the CSX signals and VRE switchgear.
The next step is for Pepco to install the appropriate cable to complete their work. This work has been on hold until DDOT inspects and approves the Pepco work and authorizes them to continue with the cable installation.
After the testing and inspection of Pepco’s work, CSXT will install signal and switch reconfigurations. The L’Enfant (North) Storage Track is expected to be available for service after the first of the new year.
L’ENFANT (SOUTH) STORAGE TRACK
Earlier this summer, CSXT modified their main line tracks south of the VRE L’Enfant Station to operate taller “doublestack” freight trains. A temporary track was installed during construction to provide an extra track to maintain operations.
With the clearance project nearly complete, CSXT and VRE have agreed to leave the temporary track in place and convert it into 1,350 feet of midday storage for VRE trains, or as a lay-off track for emergencies. VRE will be able to store up to two trainsets midday on the storage track.
Last updated: 12/29/2016