Washington DC Metro Rail.

A Easter trip to washington DC, April 2010. Metrorail, commonly called Metro, is the rapid transit system in Washington, DC, United States, and its surrounding suburbs. It is administered by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), which also operates Metrobus service under the Metro name. In Maryland, Metro provides service to Montgomery County and Prince George’s County; in Virginia, to Fairfax County, Arlington County, and the City of Alexandria. Since opening in 1976, the network has grown to include five lines, 86 stations, and 106.3 miles (171.1 km) of track. Metro is the second-busiest rapid transit system in the United States in number of passenger trips, after the New York City Subway. There were 215.3 million trips, or 727684 trips per weekday, on Metrorail in fiscal year 2008. In June 2008, Metro set a new monthly ridership record with 19729641 trips, or 798456 per weekday. Fares vary based on the distance traveled and the time of day. Riders enter and exit the system using a stored-value card in the form of a paper magnetic stripe farecard or a proximity card known as SmarTrip. Metro stations were designed by Chicago architect Harry Weese, and are examples of late-20th century modern architecture. With their heavy use of exposed concrete and repetitive design motifs, Metro stations also display aspects of brutalist design. In 2007, the design of the Metro’s vaulted-ceiling stations was voted number 106 on the American Institute of Architects

Loaded Coal Cars Sit in the Rail Yards at Danville, West Virginia, near Charleston. Awaiting Shipment to Customers…04/1974

Loaded Coal Cars Sit in the Rail Yards at Danville, West Virginia, near Charleston. Awaiting Shipment to Customers…04/1974
Colleges In Virginia
Image by The U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: Loaded Coal Cars Sit in the Rail Yards at Danville, West Virginia, near Charleston. Awaiting Shipment to Customers. It Is One of the Largest Transshipment Points for Coal in the World. A Constant Stream of Rail Cars Is Moved in and Out of the Small Town 04/1974

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-13957

Photographer: Corn, Jack, 1929-

Subjects:
Charleston (Kanawha county, West Virginia, United States) inhabited place
Environmental Protection Agency
Project DOCUMERICA

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Worst Rail Disaster in the State of Virginia Wreck of Old 97

In 1902 the the southern railroad was granted a 0000 government grant to haul mail.The idea was to move mail fast,there was a cash penalty of 0.00 for every thirty minutes the train was late. According to the railroad book of rules,fast mail trains had the right of way over all other traffic except,passenger trains.It is said that 97′ had airbrakes,the engine weighed 80 ton and had nearly 10000 HP It was on a hot autumn day,sept.27,1903 there had been some problems when 97’pulled into the station at Monroe,Va. one hour and thirty minutes late.At this point Engineer Steve Broady and two fresh firemen a white man and an African American took charge of the train.Mr.Broady a former engineer for Norfolk and Western a dating bachelor,age 33 from Bluefield,Virginia had just hired on with Southern Railroad. But unbeknownst to him that day everything would go wrong that could possibly go wrong! Not only did he have to make up an hour and a half,but engine 97’had a history of being unpredictable and had even caught fire and burned only months before,when it was put in service.He had 167 miles of some of the roughest rail route in that part of the state.He had only been on this route once before.And he wasnt real familiar with Engine ninety-seven.It is said that 97′ could do speeds in excess of 90 mph.That day they had over 50 catch stations where mail was put off the train and put on without ever stopping.As they approached these stations it was the mail clerks job to pick up
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Gail for Rail Parker Independent Greens of Virginia at WPFW Radio

Gail for Rail Parker, Independent Greens of Virginia (IG) retired US Air Force officer, business owner, mother, grandmother. Conservative Gail for Rail Parker is an attractive, appealing, and well known Independent Green Party fiscal hawk. Gail for Rail Parker is the state Vice Chair of the Independent Greens of Virginia. www.VoteJoinRun.US Gail for Rail Parker advocates for “More Trains, Less Traffic”. Parker was elected, and re-elected as one of two Virginia Representatives to the Metropolitan Council of Governments Transportation Planning Board Citizens Advisory Committee. Gail for Rail Parker was elected chair of the Public Safety Committee of the Fairfax County Federation of Civic Associations. Gail for Rail Parker is a well known, and respected fiscal conservative calling for balancing the federal budget, and paying off the federal debt. Cut no bid uncontested contracts. Cut spending. Cut taxpayer subsidies to oil, auto, blacktop, cement. Gail for Rail Parker is for “More Candidates, Less Apathy”. Gail for Rail recruits people to get on the ballot as Independent Greens and stand for office. Gail for Rail Parker has been an Independent Green Party candidate on the ballot every year since 2005. 2005 – Virginia state House of Delegates -44th District 2006 – US Senate, Virginia 2007 – Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Chairman 2008 – US Senate, Virginia 2009 – Virginia state House of Delegates -44th District 2010 – US House of Representatives – 1st District 2011
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Aerial of Williamson, West Virginia, Showing the Coal Rail Yards and the River That Divides Kentucky at the Upper Left and West Virginia. The Town Has the Largest Coal Train Yard in the World, Followed by Danville, West Virginia 04/1974

Aerial of Williamson, West Virginia, Showing the Coal Rail Yards and the River That Divides Kentucky at the Upper Left and West Virginia. The Town Has the Largest Coal Train Yard in the World, Followed by Danville, West Virginia 04/1974
Virginia Western
Image by The U.S. National Archives
Original Caption: Aerial of Williamson, West Virginia, Showing the Coal Rail Yards and the River That Divides Kentucky at the Upper Left and West Virginia. The Town Has the Largest Coal Train Yard in the World, Followed by Danville, West Virginia 04/1974

U.S. National Archives’ Local Identifier: 412-DA-14012

Photographer: Corn, Jack, 1929-

Subjects:
West Virginia (United States) state
Environmental Protection Agency
Project DOCUMERICA

Persistent URL: http://arcweb.archives.gov/arc/action/ExternalIdSearch?id=556464

Repository: Still Picture Records Section, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD, 20740-6001.

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Flip Cam grab shots of the Virginia Creeper photo charter on the Strasburg Rail Road

These are just some grab shots on the family toy while I was shooting stills. Lerro Productions 02/13/2010 photo charter saw the Strasburg Rail Road steam locomotive N&W #475 painted and detailed as long gone sister #382. Complete the with custom whistle N&W engineer Nichols used on the real #382 in the 1950’s, #475 played the part of that locomotive O. Winston Link called the prettiest on the N&W. The mixed train recreates the famous “Virginia Creeper” which ran on the N&W’s Abingdon Branch.

Norfolk & Western “#382” storms through snow with the Virginia Creeper on the Strasburg Rail Road

Lerro Productions 02/13/2010 photo charter saw the Strasburg Rail Road steam locomotive N&W #475 painted and detailed as long gone sister #382. Complete the with custom whistle N&W engineer Nichols used on the real #382 in the 1950’s, #475 played the part of that locomotive O. Winston Link called the prettiest on the N&W. The mixed train recreates the famous “Virginia Creeper” which ran on the N&W’s Abingdon Branch. The location is in Lancaster County just west of Paradise, PA.