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Understanding the Need for Heat Restrictions
The Need for Heat Restrictions

Steel rails slowly expand and contract as temperatures rise and fall. With a substantial change in temperature, even in early March, there can be heat restrictions.

What is the "S" Schedule?

The "S" stands for "special". Trains marked with an "S" operate every VRE service day, and they are the only trains that operate when VRE is on its "S" schedule.

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VRE Prepares for Winter Weather

As always during winter weather, safety is our main priority. While we work diligently to keep the trains operating and on-time, inclement weather can impact our ability to provide normal service.

Types of Common Rail Systems

Given rail transport's tremendous efficiency and cost effectiveness, there are many different forms of rail in use today. Ranging from small to large, they all serve a basic purpose: to move people and freight. Here is a basic overview of the railroad industry's main components.

Tags: railroad-history
Rail Jargon 101

See definitions for ballast, cab, continuous rail, and more.

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