View Full Version : NEC Question: Overhead Lines in D.C

12-22-2003, 12:48 AM
Now, we all know that all of the electric locs on the NEC run betwwen Washington, D.C and Boston South. Now, we you get to D.C, you see a few tracks heading toward a tunnel under the city. I've noticed some overhead wires leading down to there and some AEM-7s and such have emerged from the tunnel. Does anybody know where the overhead lines actually end and does anybody have any track diagrams of Union Station?

12-22-2003, 02:40 PM
Not exactly where you are talking about, but at Washington Union Station, there are a couple tracks that are at a lower level and lead to the tunnel that take trains to the south via a connection at Virginia Ave.

Any electric motor may power the trains to WUS, but would be replaced with P42s for the journey south to Virginia. You may have seen units that came off a southbound train, or were to be placed on a northbound train. (The wires do not go all the way through the tunnel).

12-24-2003, 06:11 PM
The wires end just past switches that lead back to Ivy City. There are of course warning signs that signify the end of the catenary.

01-01-2004, 03:39 PM
The catenary ends in the First Street Tunnel. The First Street Tunnel is the line that goes to Virginia Avenue and points south. There are "AC MOTOR STOP" signs posted at the end of the wire. For a 1978 map of "A" Interlocking, the south end of Union Station, link http://www.rr-fallenflags.org/amtk/amtk-wash-a.gif