Fredericksburg Line

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Fredericksburg Line
Virginia Railway Express train.jpg
VRE train outside of Fredericksburg.
Overview
TypeCommuter rail line
SystemVirginia Railway Express
LocaleWashington, D.C., Alexandria, Fairfax County, Prince William County, Stafford County, and Fredericksburg, Virginia
TerminiUnion Station (Washington, D.C.)
Fredericksburg, VA
Stations13 (1 planned)
Operation
OpenedJuly 20, 1992
OwnerCSX Transportation
Operator(s)Virginia Railway Express
Character2 track main line
Technical
Line length54 miles
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map

Union Station DC Streetcar WMATA Metro Logo.svg MARC train.svg Amtrak
L'Enfant WMATA Metro Logo.svg
Crystal City
Alexandria Amtrak
Franconia–Springfield WMATA Metro Logo.svg
Lorton
Woodbridge Northeast Regional
Rippon
Potomac Shores
(2020)
Quantico Amtrak
Brooke
Leeland Road
Fredericksburg Amtrak
Spotsylvania

The Fredericksburg Line is a commuter rail line operated by Virginia Railway Express between Washington, D.C. and Fredericksburg, VA. Virginia Railway Express operates 7 weekday trains,[1] and Amtrak trains serve a few of the stations on the line. Trackage is owned by CSX as part of their RF&P Subdivision.

History[edit]

RF&P[edit]

What is today the Fredericksburg Line was originally part of the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad (or RF&P), a connector railroad between the Pennsylvania and Baltimore and Ohio Railroads in Washington, D.C., and the Seaboard Air Line and Atlantic Coast Line Railroads in Richmond. In 1991 CSX absorbed the RF&P and the line is now their RF&P Subdivision.

Virginia Railway Express[edit]

In 1992 Virginia Railway Express (or VRE) was formed to serve the former RF&P between Washington's Union Station and Fredericksburg, VA as well as stations between Washington and Manassas, VA on Norfolk Southern's Piedmont Division. In 2015, the route was extended to Spotsylvania.

Amtrak[edit]

Along with VRE, many Amtrak trains also utilize this line. Their Northeast Regional trains stop at 6 of the 12 stations on the line and Alexandria is a major stop for 6 of their long distance trains.

Expansion[edit]

Work was completed on a third track between Alexandria and Franconia-Springfield in 2010. This track enables VRE and Amtrak trains to bypass slow freight trains over Franconia Hill. VRE would also like to add another third track between Powell's Creek in Prince William County and Arkendale Road in Stafford County in the near future.[2]

Stations list[edit]

State Town/City Station Connections
District of Columbia Washington Union Station AmtrakAmtrak: Acela Express, Capitol Limited, Cardinal, Carolinian, Crescent, Northeast Regional, Palmetto, Silver Meteor, Silver Star, Vermonter, Thruway Motorcoach to Charlottesville, Virginia
MARC train.svg MARC: Brunswick Line, Camden Line, Penn Line
Virginia Railway Express VRE: Manassas Line
WMATA Metro Logo.svg Metrorail: WMATA Red.svg
DC Streetcar DC Streetcar: H Street/Benning Road Line
Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, Loudoun County Commuter Bus, OmniRide, MTA Commuter Bus
L'Enfant Virginia Railway Express VRE: Manassas Line
WMATA Metro Logo.svg Metrorail: WMATA Green.svg WMATA Yellow.svg WMATA Blue.svg WMATA Orange.svg WMATA Silver.svg
Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, Loudoun County Commuter Bus. OmniRide Commuter, MTA Commuter Bus
Virginia Arlington Crystal City Virginia Railway Express VRE: Manassas Line
WMATA Metro Logo.svg Metrorail: WMATA Yellow.svg WMATA Blue.svg
Metroway Metroway
Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, Arlington Transit, Fairfax Connector, Loudoun County Commuter Bus, OmniRide Commuter
Alexandria Union Station AmtrakAmtrak: Northeast Regional
Virginia Railway Express VRE: Manassas Line
WMATA Metro Logo.svg Metrorail: WMATA Yellow.svg WMATA Blue.svg
Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, DASH Bus
Springfield Franconia Springfield WMATA Metro Logo.svg Metrorail: WMATA Blue.svg
Bus interchange Bus: Metrobus, Fairfax Connector, OmniRide Commuter
Lorton Lorton Bus interchange Bus: Fairfax Connector
Woodbridge Woodbridge Bus interchange Bus: OmniRide, OmniLink
Rippon
Dumfries Potomac Shores
Quantico Quantico AmtrakAmtrak: Northeast Regional
Bus interchange Bus: OmniRide
Stafford Brooke
Falmouth Leeland
Fredericksburg Fredericksburg AmtrakAmtrak: Northeast Regional
Bus interchange Bus: Fredericksburg Regional Transit
Spotsylvania Spotsylvania

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VRE schedule".
  2. ^ "VRE's Fredericksburg Line is getting more triple track".

See also[edit]

RF&P Subdivision

Route map:

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