• Potomac Yard Metrorail station

  • Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.
Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.

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  by KTHW
 
I find it interesting that those drawings are stamped 1974. That was well before Pot Yard was planned to be shut down.
  by Sand Box John
 
KTHW
I find it interesting that those drawings are stamped 1974. That was well before Pot Yard was planned to be shut down.


Potomac Yard was already beginning its decline after demise of the Penn Central and the dominance of the Chessie System as one its co-owners. The area shown shown as stock pens on the drawing had already been abandoned along with nearby refrigerator car icing platform and ice house. The number of receiving and departure tracks in the yard had been reduced by the early 1970s, most notably on the south end of the yard. The land in Crystal City east of Crystal drive use to occupied by the receiving and departure tracks on the north end of the yard. Much of the land on the north end of Crystal City north of 15th Street was converted from light industry to other uses by the early 1970s. The last facility modified in yard before its closing was the TOFC terminal. It was built on top of the tunnel between Sladers Lane and the tunnel portal.
  by Sand Box John
 
A thought came to mind some time after seeing the 1973 drawing (172.0 kB PDF File). In WMATA's train control room numbering schema. Train control room numbers ascending from 1 typically control trains serving stations. Train control room numbers descending from 98 do not. J01, N06 and C11 are train control room that break that rule. It is a know fact that J01 (Quaker Lane on the Blue line) and N06 (Wolf Trap on the Silver Line) are in locations where future infill stations could be built. This 1973 drawing adds C11 (Potomac Yard) to that list.