Friday, October 05, 2012

Amtrak begins training for Norfolk service

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Amtrak said Friday it has begun operating trains to serve as training for locomotive engineers and conductors to learn the tracks and territory between Petersburg and Norfolk, Va., in preparation for its startup of service to and from Norfolk, Va., Dec. 12.

The trains will carry no passengers and will operate two times per day, Monday through Saturday, Amtrak said.

The new service will extend a Northeast Regional train south of Washington, D.C., also adding service to Richmond, Va., and restoring passenger service to Norfolk for the first time since 1977.

NS and the state of Virginia announced the effort to extend Amtrak service to Norfolk in Dec. 2010, using a portion of NS’s Heartland Corridor between Norfolk and Petersburg. Amtrak service to Virginia’s Tidewater region currently operating on CSX right-of-way to and from Newport News, Va., on the north side of the James River, will continue to operate