KTHW wrote: ↑Wed Sep 21, 2022 8:40 am
Even if the bridge across the James could have double track again (and I don’t believe it is wide enough all the way across), you’d still want a second bridge for the east side of the station to facilitate passenger trains using all four potential platform surfaces. Otherwise trains would only be able to use the western end of the station if they are continuing anywhere south besides NPN.
It looks like the mayo island bridge was built single track, past the flood wall. It looks like there is only one platform now, on the east side, and it looks like it was built in the path of the 2nd track. That said, unless the structure can't handle it, VA could rebuild the inside track, so passenger trains would have a dedicated track, once service expands to more than 3 NPN/norfolk trains a day. I think there is enough room under the NS triple crossing bridge, for two tracks, with new bridge built just to the east of the current one.
I don't see how SEHSR trains could serve the east platform, there's too much in the way, including i95. Even the SEHSR engineering diagrams only show west platform service.
So , the plan is to move the platforms to northside, of staples mill, with bridges/tunnels through the yard leads? And then overpass over the yard, for passenger trains to reach the northside of richmond terminal ? There was a third track , for most of that route. Where would the Y/maintenance facility go?