News Coverage Archives - TransDominion Express

Amtrak Delivers Strong FY 2016 Financial Results

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

New ridership record and lowest operating loss ever WASHINGTON – Amtrak today reported exceptionally strong unaudited financial results for the fiscal year which ended on September 30, 2016 (FY 2016), including an all-time unaudited ticket revenue record of $2.14 billion, a $12 million increase over Fiscal Year 2015. The increased ticket revenue was fueled by […]


611 brings tourists, train buffs to Roanoke

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

After a little tune-up in North Carolina, the coal-fired 611 locomotive pulled into Roanoke on Saturday, billowing steam and pulling train buffs behind it. “She’s here!” Charles “Chuck” Hardy exclaimed when he heard the train coming. The Virginia Museum of Transportation docent and 611 fanatic was surprised to hear it arriving at 11:20 a.m. Saturday, […]


Amtrak and the National Park Service Partner to Offer Unique Summer Adventures

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Great deals on travel to America’s national parks & monuments WASHINGTON – Just in time for families making summer travel plans, Amtrak is partnering with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Park Service to expand the popular Trails & Rails program and help Americans connect with one of our nation’s true treasures – the […]


Lynchburg rolls out red carpet for the “Queen of Steam”

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Anticipation filled the frigid air Saturday afternoon as hundreds of people huddled on the platform of Kemper Street Station, waiting for steam or the sound of a whistle that would signal the arrival of The Virginian, Norfolk & Western’s Class J 611 steam passenger train. Bracing themselves against the wind and periodic snow flurries, the […]


Amtrak Expands Pets Program Across the Country

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Acela pilot begins; long distance trains added WASHINGTON – Amtrak announced today it has extended and expanded its pets program, allowing customers to continue traveling with their small pets on many eastern corridor trains. Amtrak has also added this service for trips up to 7 hours in length to most long distance trains beginning Tuesday, […]


Passenger rail appears back on track with extension bill

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Hampton Roads, and the rest of the country, appear to have dodged the threat of a passenger rail shutdown as Congressional leaders have fashioned a bipartisan bill to extend the deadline on new safety regulations. The deadline is Dec. 31, but the compromise, which still needs an official vote and a signature from the president, […]


Norfolk Southern announces service changes in response to upcoming Positive Train Control deadline

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

NORFOLK, Va., Oct. 20, 2015 – Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC) today said its rail operating subsidiaries will no longer accept shipments of Poisonous-Inhalation-Hazard commodities, effective Dec. 1, 2015.  PIH commodities in transit on Dec. 1 will be delivered to destination by Dec. 31. Additionally, passenger and commuter trains operated by Amtrak, Virginia Railway Express, […]


Historic “611” Train Chugs Through Lynchburg

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Lynchburg, VA -On Wednesday, the historic 611 train made a stop in Lynchburg on its way to Manassas. The steam-powered train is one of fourteen that were built in Roanoke in 1950, but has sat dormant for more than 20 years. Now restored to its former glory, the 611 is gathering quite a crowd wherever […]


GA 2015: Transportation funding and passenger rail

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Built into a new transportation agenda backed by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and House GOP leaders is a time-limited provision designed to make it easier for the state to pay for new rail service to Lynchburg and Roanoke. The agenda, announced Tuesday, would allow the state to sign a multi-year agreement with rail companies to pay […]


First passenger train to be in Roanoke in 2017

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Roanoke, VA — The first passenger train should be in Roanoke in 2017. Roanoke has not had passenger rail since 1979. Governor Terry McAuliffe was on hand for the announcement Wednesday afternoon. “It’s going to open up the area economically,” McAuliffe said. Amtrak service to Roanoke will be an extension of the Northeast Regional train from […]