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By-Passing Stations During a Delay
By-Passing Stations During a Delay

By-passing a station is something done only if absolutely necessary. The decision to express any train past a station is always made with the operational interest of the entire railroad (VRE, Amtrak and freight) in mind. It is typically invoked when one train is operating so late that it is practically operating on the next train's schedule.

News and Delay Alerts
Receiving News and Delay Alerts

VRE embraces the world of social networking sites to both communicate and interact with our riders.

Tags: Passenger Information Campaign
PTC-Related Delays
PTC-Related Delays

What are PTC-related delays?

Operational Testing
Operational Testing

Are you wondering, "Operational testing delayed my train. Why can't it be done some other time?"

Flash Flood Speed Restrictions
Flash Flood Speed Restrictions

In an area where flooding is possible and current conditions warrant, CSX and Norfolk Southern may implement 40 mph speed restrictions in the affected area.

Two Trains Approaching Alexandria
Two Trains Approaching Alexandria

Why do trains sometimes wait in Alexandria?

Track Work
Track Work

After the work is complete, speed restrictions are placed along the repaired track until enough train tonnage passes over to make sure the ties, rail and/or rail-bed has settled properly.

Track Congestion
Track Congestion

Track congestion means there is a high number of trains traveling within our operational area.

Switch Issue
Switch Issue

Prior to the maintainer's arrival, the dispatcher may give the train crew permission to hand throw the switch.

Mechanical Issue
Mechanical Issue

Mechanical issues sometimes happen regardless of the age of the locomotive and are different than equipment issues. 

In the Event of an Incident
In the Event of an Incident

Please note that we cannot disclose details of any incident prior to an official statement from the host railroad.

High Wind Orders
High Wind Orders

For safety reasons, our host railroads require trains to stop when high wind alerts are received that exceed operational limits.

Disabled Freight Train
Disabled Freight Train

Disabled freight trains in our service area cause delays when rail traffic must hold. 

Fallen Tree
Fallen Tree

What happens when a tree falls on the tracks?

Amtrak Regional Service
Amtrak Regional Service

Why your Amtrak Step-Up train may be delayed

Alexandria Shuffle
Alexandria Shuffle

The "Alexandria Shuffle" is a strategy to help us recover in certain evening service disruptions.  

U.S.N.O. Time
U.S.N.O. Time

VRE's trains run not by the time it says on your watch, but by the time that the U.S. Naval Observatory Time Services Department says it is.

Tags: railroad-time
The Need for Heat Restrictions
Understanding 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.

Train Delays
Train Delays

There are many reasons for delays and below, we try to highlight some of the major ones:

Tags: delays, flood-related-delays, heat-related-delays, track-work
Leaf Oil
Leaf Oil

When the leaves begin to fall, those that land on the damp surface of the rails are crushed under thousands of tons of steel.

Tags: Rail Safety