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The Washington District of NS's Piedmont Division, the former main line of the Southern Railway, connects Alexandria and Lynchburg. Over much of its course the line runs through the rolling hills and rivers of the Virginia Piedmont. There are long bridges at Remington, Rapidan, South Rivanna River and Tye River. The terrain becomes more rugged south of Charlottesville. Coming into Lynchburg from the north, the line crosses the James River trestle and enters the Rivermont tunnel before reaching Kemper St. Station. There are extant stations on the ex-Southern line at Culpeper, Orange, Montpelier, Charlottesville, Oak Ridge, Arrington, Amherst and Lynchburg (Kemper St.) The stations at Montpelier and Oak Ridge were essentially private stations built to serve adjacent estates.

The line is a mixture of single and double track CTC. Dispatchers will usually announce meets at the end of double track segments. There are several high/wide and hot box detectors along the route that announce the presence of trains. Signals are Southern-style three color lights, mounted on bridges in double-track territory. Most signals are continuously lit.

The line is accessible over much of its length from parallel roads, overpasses and grade crossings.


Typical traffic and volume

There are often as many as ten intermodal trains scheduled through Charlottesville daily. At least four manifest trains run daily. Occasional grain and coal trains are also seen; they carry a 600-series symbol. Grain trains run to the Cargill elevator in Culpeper. Coal trains operate to the Pepco power plant in Alexandria. Many trains on the ex-Southern main head west at Manassas to travel along the "Branch" or "B-Line" to Riverton Jct., where they head north to Conrail in Hagerstown, Md. Amtrak trains 19 and 20 also run daily, stopping in Lynchburg, Charlottesville and for a flag stop in Culpeper. Amtrak 50/51 travel north of Orange on the NS, stopping at Culpeper.

List of symbols
Below are symbols for trains normally seen on this section of the Piedmont Division. See explanatory notes below for additional trains that may appear.

Typical Washington District Mainline Trains
SymbolTypeOriginDestinationDays of Oper.Notes
Passenger
19AmtrakNew YorkNew OrleansDailyCrescent
20AmtrakNew OrleansNew YorkDailyCrescent
50AmtrakChicagoWashingtonWedFriSunCardinal On NS north of Orange
51AmtrakWashingtonChicagoWedFriSunCardinal On NS north of Orange
Inter-division Manifests
154ManifestBirminghamHagerstownDailyTo CR in Hagerstown
155ManifestHagerstownBirminghamDailyFrom CR in Hagerstown.
Intermodal
203COFC/TOFCAlexandriaAtlantaMon-FriRuns as I03 on Saturday
204COFC/TOFCAtlantaAlexandria,Tues-SatRuns as I04 on Sun.
211COFC/TOFCKearny, NJAtlantaMon-SatVia Hagerstown, occasionally runs on Valley Line
212COFC/TOFCAtlantaKearny, NJMon-SatVia Hagerstown
213COFC/TOFCWorcester, Mass.AtlantaDailyVia Hagerstown
214COFC/TOFCAtlantaWorcester, Mass.DailyVia Hagerstown
221COFC/TOFCFront RoyalAtlantaMon-SatFrom Virginia Inland Port
222COFC/TOFCAtlantaFront RoyalMon-SatTo Virginia Inland Port, runs as I22 on Sunday
265RoadrailerHagerstownAtlanta
(East Point)
Mon-ThursRoadrailer, from CR, runs with CR power. Runs as I65 on Sat.
266RoadrailerAtlanta
(East Point)
HagerstownMon-ThursRoadrailer, to CR, runs with CR power. Runs as 244 on Sat.
Piedmont Division Manifests
341ManifestAlexandriaLinwoodDailyFrom D&H in Alexandria/occasionally has CP power
342ManifestLinwoodAlexandriaDailyTo D&H in Alexandria/occasionally has CP power
456ManifestRoanokeHagerstownDailyTo CR in Hagerstown.
457ManifestHagerstownRoanokeDailyFrom CR in Hagerstown.
Other
646Grain?CulpeperAs neededTo Cargill
696CoalBluefield, W.Va.AlexandriaAs neededTo Pepco plant
741CoalAlexandria?As neededEmpty Bow (NH) coal train, from D&H. Symbol is also used for other empties
742Coal?AlexandriaAs neededTo Bow (NH) via D&H
E41LocalManassasN/AAs neededBased in Manassas, works as far south as Charlottesville on a regular basis

Additional notes

Extra sections of 100 & 400 series trains carry an "M" designation.
Extra sections of 300 series train carry a "W" symbol.
Off-day and extra sections of 200 series trains are symboled with an "I", such
        as I03 which runs on Saturdays.
Extra sections of 300 series trains carry an "X" prefix.
Amtrak passenger extras carry an "R" symbol.  
Work trains and light engine moves have 900 series symbols.
Excursions, special trains and office car moves carry an "O" (as in Oscar)
        prefix.

Piedmont Division--Washington District

Manassas to Charlottesville--Southward
M.P.*StationsTracksNotes
 32.6
Manassas.......

2MT
CTC
Yard
 33.8
Powell.........
 36.6
Bristow........

CTC
 38.3
Nokesville DD
 46.3
Calverton......

2MT
CTC
Yard/
Casanova Br.
 52.7
Bealeton DD
 56.3
Remington......

CTC
 64.4
Culpeper DD
 66.0
Mountain Run...

2MT
CTC
 67.4
Culpeper.......
 70.8
Winston........

CTC
 79.2
Rapidan DD
 80.0
Rapidan........

2MT
CTC
 84.7
Orange.........

CTC
CSX
 87.1
May............
 91.5
Somerset DD
 92.1
Weyburn........

2MT
CTC
 97.0
Harlow.........
102.0
Gilbert........

CTC
105.5
Proffit DD
109.9 
Rio............

2MT
CTC
112.2
Charlottesville
A, CSX
Charlottesville to Lynchburg--Southward
M.P.*StationsTracksNotes
112.2 
Charlottesville
2MT
CTC
A, CSX
114.8
Teel...........
X
115.8
Hickory Hill DD
120.4
Red Hill.......

CTC
126.5
Applegate DD
126.6
Applegate......

2MT
CTC
132.0
Hamner.........

CTC
140.4
Gordon DD
143.4
Oak Ridge......

2MT
CTC
148.0
Kingswood......
X
150.1
Tye River......

CTC
150.2
Tye River DD
160.1
Sweet Brier DD
160.8
Angelo.........

2MT
CTC
164.1
McIvor.........

CTC
165.1
Monroe........
169.1
Harris........
170.8
Rivermont DD
170.9
Rivermont......

2MT
CTC
172.5
Lynchburg.....
Listening in
56
Road Ch. 1
160.950
09
Road Ch. 2
160.245
(DS to train)
48
Road Ch. 2
160.830
(train to DS)
27
ARN (PBX-Charlottesville)
160.515
35
ARN (PBX-Manassas)
160.635
11
ARN (PBX-Monroe)
160.275
67
EOT devices
161.115
Piedmont Div. "North End" Dispatcher, 
Greenville, SC
Legend
*    Miles from Washington
2MT  Two main tracks
CTC  Centralized Traffic Control
DD   Talking defect detector
X    Crossover
CSX  Interchange/hyperlinked
A    Automatic interlocking
Notes
Dispatcher-controlled radio transmitters are in service at the following locations. Dispatchers will often announce which radio they are answering.
    Calverton
    Clark Mountain (Orange)
    Mountain Chapel (Charlottesville)
    Heard Mountain (Covesville)
    High Peak (Monroe)
Dispatchers will often talk on Channel 2 when Channel 1 traffic is heavy.

Photographs from the Washington District
Click on the thumbnail for a larger image.

1
2
3
4
Orange
Montpelier
Weyburn
Charlottesville
5
6
7
8
Charlottesville
Charlottesville
Charlottesville
Charlottesville
9
10
11
12
Charlottesville
Charlottesville
Charlottesville
Teel
13
14
15
16
Teel
Red Hill
Red Hill
Covesville


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