edf40wrjww2msgDetail:detailStrIf you are ever in Washington DC with a few minutes to spare before your train departs Union Station, consider taking the Red Line for an additional stop and spending your layover at the DC Metro New York Ave metro stop instead of the Union Station holding pens. Built in 2004 as an infill station between Union and Rhode Island Ave with some of the funding provided by nearby development interests, NY Ave offers unrestricted views of the Union Station trunk line between the J and K signal bridges of the terminal interlocking. With both revenue and deadhead trains from MARC, VRE and Amtrak in addition to the steady flow of WMATA trains, there is almost always something going on.
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Thanks to the purge, the only electric locomotives being operated by Amtrak are of the ACS-86 variety, so that can get a bit monotonous, but LD trainsets can spice things up. Here #626 passes under the K Bridge en route to New York Penn.
#659 at the same location shoving a Regional trainset towards one of DC Union Station's stub end platforms.
As this was the weekday PM rush, WMATA trains were passing through every couple of minutes. One of these contained 3000 series class car Mr. 3000!
VRE train heading to one of the lower level tracks with MP36PH-3 #V66 and ex-Metra Pullman gallery car #V427.
Here we see a deadhead MARC trainset with bi-level K-Car #7857 and MP36PH-3C #22 passing an outbound Brunswick Line train with MP36PH-3C #33 and Bomber split level cab car #8056.