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How does Amtrak get to Norfolk? The public timetable shows a stop at Petersburg followed by Norfolk. An atlas shows there is a connection to Norfolk Southern at or near Petersburg but an old CSX Florence ETT doesn't show any connection to NS.

 

Where is the CSX/NS connection?

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I was told that there was a connection built somewhere south of the Appomattox River in Petersburg

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I was told that there was a connection built somewhere south of the Appomattox River in Petersburg

That explains why it doesn't show up in my old CSX and NS ETTs.  Thanks for the info.

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It's called the Collier connection, near a yard next to where the two lines cross.

The connection is so new, it wasn't coming up in Google satellite, and from the descriptions; I couldn't tell how exactly it would be connected. Since the connection was named after the yard, I wondered if it would be via the existing turnout to the yard, and then loop back north to the N&W.

But now, just checking Google again, for the first time the updated images are coming through, except in the closest zooms. It's just a simple right turn from the N&W to the mainline where they cross, cutting through a grass field. (So it doesn't go near the yard, really). Zoom in closer, you'll see the new track disappear. 

 

https://maps.google.com/?ll=37.186474,-77.415604&spn=0.009847,0.016286&t=w&z=16

Edited by Eric B

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