L'Enfant North and South Storage Track
VRE parks its trains in the Ivy City yard just north of Union Station in Washington, D.C. during the midday hours. Amtrak has notified VRE that one year from July 1, 2017, we must make other parking arrangements for 20 units in order to make way for Amtrak’s expanded fleet. The two L’Enfant storage tracks will allow three trains to be moved and will accomplish that 20-car requirement within calendar year 2017.
General locations of the L’Enfant Storage Tracks
VRE and CSX Transportation (CSXT) are working together to prepare a section of track that was built a few years ago, north of VRE’s L’Enfant Station, to be used for midday storage. HDR, Inc. has designed the electrical system to store one trainset in approximately 900 feet of track. C3M Power Systems, LLC, the electrical contractor, has been installing the appliances for the train to be powered between its morning and evening service. New power boxes are now on the CSXT-owned retaining wall facing 6th Street, SW and Pepco has made the power connection. A new 12’ X 12’ building was installed at track level to house switchgear equipment. C3M Power will be completing the wiring and conduct final testing in August 2017.
CSXT will be adding new signals and installing new switches for the operation of the storage track. This work will be completed by late August 2017.
CSXT modified their main line tracks south of the VRE L’Enfant Station to operate taller “doublestack” freight trains. A temporary track was installed to maintain operations during the construction. CSXT offered the track to VRE for its Midday Storage program. This 1,350-foot-long track is planned to store two trainsets. Design has been underway by HDR, Inc. to outfit the electrical system in the same way as the L’Enfant North project. Coordination with Pepco for power has also begun. The concept requires crossing or placing electrical equipment on non-CSXT-owned property. VRE is investigating the property ownership.
Both projects are funded by FTA, State Mass Transit, and VRE.
As of July 1, 2017, the L’Enfant North construction is approximately 95% complete. Full usage is planned to begin in September 2017.
The L’Enfant South project is expected to be under construction in Fall 2017 and in service in December 2017.
Project Contact: Norine Walker, VRE Project Manager
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Last updated: 08/10/2017