Coal train derails in Virginia, disrupts Amtrak
Posted August 6, 2010 6:12 a.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2010 11:24 a.m. EDT
WASHINGTON — Amtrak service south of Washington is disrupted and Virginia Railway Express is canceling Fredericksburg line trains after a coal train derailed.
Amtrak says service will continue to be disrupted Friday because the railroad is shut down south of Quantico with all tracks blocked. VRE is canceling all trains on the line Friday after Thursday’s derailment.
Passengers on the Carolinian from New York City to Charlotte will be most affected, with most delays evident between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, an Amtrak spokesman said.
Travelers on the Carolinian will take a train from New York to Washington, D.C., then transfer to a bus around Quantico to Richmond, Va., and return to the train for the ride from Richmond to Charlotte.
Trains running between Washington and Newport News, Va., and from New York to Miami and Savannah, Ga. and the tuto train service between Lorton, Va. and Sanford, Fla. are also affected.
Limited alternate transportation will be available on those routes.