Posts Tagged ‘Virginia Railway Express’

Unions Seek Protection for Trains in Washington

January 13, 2021

Two railroad labor unions have asked the Federal Railroad Administration and Department of Homeland Security to protect passengers and railroad workers of Amtrak, MARC and Virginia Railway Express services in and around Washington.

The Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers, Transportation Division and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen said they are seeking additional security measures in the wake of rioting that occurred in the nation’s capital on Jan. 6.

The unions have asked federal authorities for a minimal standard that any regulation granted to prohibit the interference of a train crew’s duty be in line with that of aviation statutes and regulations.

The letter to the FRA and Homeland Security sent by the unions cited  “the very real risk and potential for additional violence and riots.” It noted that Washington remains on high alert.

VRE Cars in Cleveland

April 27, 2016

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Most of the time the consist of a manifest freight is the same old, same old, but not always. A pair of new Virginia Railway Express cars showed up in Cleveland en route to Virginia where they will be used in Washington, D.C., commuter service. The cars arrived in Cleveland on Norfolk Southern and are shown about two weeks ago.

Photograph by Roger Durfee