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APRIL 16, 1998
Last Updated 19:30 ET
EASTERN RAILROAD NEWS

BREAKING NEWS: Due to a derailment south of Collier of CSXT's A-Line, the Conrail Office Car Special is detouring via the NS between Alexandria and at least Greensboro, NC today (4/16).  The train, symbol O43 on NS was by Charlottesville at 1:35PM. Conrail E8's are still on the point.   Lynchburg, Danville and NC look out for this one!  Not only was the Conrail Office Car train detoured VIA Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Greensboro on the NS... but Amtrak train #52, the Auto Train will too!!!  #52 from yesterday got stuck north of Rocky Mount, NC and behind the derailment of 15 CSX cars at Petersburg, VA.  #52 will go back to Selma, NC this afternoon and run to Greensboro, then north to Charlottesville.  At this time, it is NOT known if #52 will run on to Alexandria and be pulled back south to Lorton, VA... OR if it will be routed to the CSX Peidmont Sub at Charlottesville and then back to the RF&P at Doswell.  ETA in Lynchburg for #52 is between 10:00pm and 11:00pm tonight.  ETA at Charlottesville is 11:00pm to 12:00mid. Expected delayed arrival at Lorton to be 18 to 20 hours late.   All other Auto Trains have been cancelled. The other Florida/Carolina trains are being bused between Richmond and Rocky Mount.  All of these trains will lose 4 to 5 hours or more.  As of 6:45pm EDT the Amtrak GPS System still showed #52's locaomotives sitting south of Petersburg.  There is no word yet if #52 is on the move or not.   No new ETAs are avaliable.

 Also... NS 043, the detoured Conrail Office Car Train, is reported to have gotten held up in High Point, NC a tree on the tracks after a storm went through the area.  Can anything go right
today????-Galen A. Wright, Paul Wilson





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