Recent Blog Posts
- Temporary cost reduction of Step-Up
- OmniRide Adds Free VRE Shuttles During Metro's Summer Shutdown
- New Quantico VRE Feeder Service
- Lost and Found
- Receiving News and Delay Alerts
- Rippon and the Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge
Recent construction at the Rippon station to allow public access to a wildlife refuge has been completed. The Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge, which is adjacent to this VRE station, is a National Wildlife Refuge established with the purpose to protect the features of a contiguous wetlands area.
- The Circus Train
Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, step right up and witness the final bow to what was once the greatest ride on Earth! The Circus Train! The RBBX circus trains were more than one mile in length and consisted of 60 railroad cars, which is the equivalent of 120 trucks.
- 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.
- Rail Jargon 101
See definitions for ballast, cab, continuous rail, and more.
- Bell Versus Horn
Two very symbolic and perhaps widely known components of the locomotive are the bell and the horn. Both are vital safety features, however, the bell's use predates the locomotive to the days of horse-drawn street cars and carriages.
- Station Histories
Railroad and Civil War history surround you as you wait for your train.
- The Benefits of VRE - Infographic
Check out our info graphic that illustrates VRE's role in congestion relief.
- The Juice Train
Originally a single, insulated boxcar that carried orange juice in bulk once a week from Florida to Kearney, N.J., the Juice Train expanded quickly.
- History of the Railroader's Timepiece
Keeping time on the railroad began as an imperfect science. Timepieces of the very early 1800's were notorious for losing as much as ten minutes a day.
- History of Railroad Signaling
Since its birth, the railroad has employed a variety of signaling methods to communicate with locomotive crews as to what course of action they must take, mile by mile, in order to safeguard themselves from possible collision.
- Onboard Restrooms
We have received comments and complaints regarding water washing onto the tracks from our restroom cars. We feel it may be helpful to clarify what exactly is occurring when this happens.