by Matt Johnson
Gilbert B Norman wrote: ↑Fri Jul 08, 2022 6:57 amThat would be me! I added the Roanoke extension to my list of Amtrak routes traveled last year:
So; apparently the extension of the existing Roanoke train to Christiansburg, and VPI (someone around here is a graduate of that school; can't recall who), will be over the lightly used VGN. Makes sense.
I will likely make use of the Christiansburg extension at some point. Apparently the plan is to connect the Blacksburg secondary with the VGN route. That spur comes off of the mainline in Christiansburg to serve the Corning plant right behind the New River Valley Mall, which is near the selected site for the new Amtrak station. Once upon a time it was the Huckleberry Branch that went all the way into Blacksburg, but beyond the Corning plant it is now a pedestrian/bike trail.
https://www.wsls.com/news/local/2022/03 ... o-options/