VGN New River Div. Traffic Levels Today?

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Mon Nov 1 16:06:50 EDT 2021

   I have to wonder about the wisdom of operating over the former 
Virginian line as it has no connection to the Bristol line. Maybe 
someone can enlighten me on what seems to be a fool's errand?

Jimmy Lisle

On 11/1/2021 3:32 PM, NW Mailing List wrote:
> Passenger rail is to return Salem to Merrimac in 2025 with two trains 
> in each direction daily. This will be the first passenger service on 
> this line (other than a few 611 trips) since about 1954. I look 
> forward to these daily viewings. Once owned by the Commonwealth this 
> line will continue to host NS freight trains on a pay for use basis.
> Ray, Are you saying there is going to be a passenger train that 
> originates in Merrimac and terminates in Salem, and then returns?   
> Who will be the operator?    Planned frequency? Curious,  John Garner, 
> Newport VA
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