Norfolk Southern Railway
Norfolk, VA - St. Julian Wye – Amtrak Servicing Facility
The original track concept design for the St. Julian Wye and Amtrak servicing facility included a new wye track, tying into the Norfolk Southern Railway main line twice. During the project walkthrough, the Crouch Engineering team identified a possible cost saving change in the proposed track layout, and recommended creating a stub ended tail track for turning the Amtrak passenger train sets before or after servicing, rather than tying the west leg of the wye into the main line, as Norfolk Southern had originally planned. The cost savings associated with the change in track layout for grading, turnout, track, and signal work was approximately $1.1 million.
An added benefit was eliminating a proposed new turnout in the NSER main line, reducing future maintenance and signal costs for Norfolk Southern Railway. Crouch Engineering designed the new Amtrak Servicing Facility so that all train movements, turning the train, and servicing the train could be done in the clear of the Norfolk Southern Railway main line, reducing passenger train impacts to the main line.