L'Enfant North and South Storage Track
L’ENFANT (NORTH) STORAGE TRACK
CSXT added a stub-end storage track just north of the VRE L’Enfant Station several years ago. The current project focuses on CSXT installing powered switches and signaling at both ends of the track while VRE constructs the appliances needed to supply power to trains laying over on the track during the midday. In August, Pepco continued the installation of the conduit necessary to provide power to the CSXT signals and VRE switchgear.
Pepco will begin the final cable installation in September. After the testing and inspection of Pepco’s work, CSXT will install signal and switch reconfigurations in October. 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 in order 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.
In August, CSXT continued drainage and the subgrade improvements under the temporary track in order to adapt it to permanent use. This work should be completed in September.
VRE has tasked the General Engineering Consultant with the design of wayside power appliances for trains during layover. The design is underway with 30 percent plans expected to be submitted in September. Coordination with Pepco has begun as well.
Bi-weekly calls between VRE staff and CSXT are ongoing in an effort to coordinate technical reviews and refine project details. It is anticipated that CSXT will be able to turn over the track to VRE for use in October 2016, with wayside power available after the first of the new year.
Last updated: 10/19/2016