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  by kitchin
 
Ashland, VA, the crumple zone of the Northeast Corridor.

The picture below shows the planned pedestrian improvement, delayed but shortly to be under construction. I'm not sure people who haven't seen it would believe the current walkways. There are several of them, at the station and adjacent college. They appear to be bits and pieces of wooden railroad tie pressed into the trackbed, though I didn't examine them too closely.

The station building is no great shakes. It was already closed when I visited at 6pm, just as a Northeast Regional stopped by. Through the windows it looked cramped, with a disused 1930s water fountain, and doubling as a visitor's center.

As is well known on these forums, the town and county said no to improving the NEC in Ashland, and no to building a bypass. The funding for the new at-grade pax crossing is therefor local.

The Ashland situation is no more quaint than the zigzag route the NEC takes north of Fredericksburg. Before the Civil War there was no track to D.C. - passengers took a ferry from a river east of Freddy - and maybe that's why it was built that way.

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  by WhartonAndNorthern
 
kitchin wrote: Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:54 pm Ashland, VA, the crumple zone of the Northeast Corridor.

The picture below shows the planned pedestrian improvement, delayed but shortly to be under construction. I'm not sure people who haven't seen it would believe the current walkways. There are several of them, at the station and adjacent college. They appear to be bits and pieces of wooden railroad tie pressed into the trackbed, though I didn't examine them too closely.

The station building is no great shakes. It was already closed when I visited at 6pm, just as a Northeast Regional stopped by. Through the windows it looked cramped, with a disused 1930s water fountain, and doubling as a visitor's center.

As is well known on these forums, the town and county said no to improving the NEC in Ashland, and no to building a bypass. The funding for the new at-grade pax crossing is therefor local.

The Ashland situation is no more quaint than the zigzag route the NEC takes north of Fredericksburg. Before the Civil War there was no track to D.C. - passengers took a ferry from a river east of Freddy - and maybe that's why it was built that way.

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Ashland station improvements are almost completed. The improvements you mention were target at accessibility improvements including slightly higher platforms and a wheelchair lift.
  by kitchin
 
That ped crossing is not in place. It's still bits of wood.
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