Access by train/transit:
The Lorton VRE station is 3,000 feet north by track, but by road or walking,
it is 1.6 miles (according to Google Maps)
Lorton is one of only two places in the United States you can catch the Amtrak
Autotrain at rest. The other is near Orlando Florida.
The Auto-Train started in 1971 (December 6th from Lorton) as a private undertaking
and lasted till April 1981 when it felt the financial crunch and stopped
running. After 22 months, Amtrak picked up the service and facilities
and started running the train once more on October 30th, 1983.
There are two sets of signals south of the Auto Train facility - one for
both tracks. The tracks leading into the Auto Train facility come off the
western track, and the signal controlling outbound movements is mounted on a cantilever bridge.
The cantilever bridge only has SB signals.
Track 2 NB/SB Colorlights
The signals for the east track is a now standard trackside dual
installation, showing up all over the CSX system when they upgrade signals.
Remember that CSX often runs lefthand traffic, keeping the RF&P practice alive.
Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.
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Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
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By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous
and/or other stuff.
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