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The Washington Sub is the middle leg of the old C&O main line through Charlottesville. Most through traffic has been re-routed on the James River line, except for westbound empty trains. This route once hosted the Washington and Richmond/Norfolk sections of the C&O's name trains, such as the FFV, the George Washington and the Sportsman. In addition to these passenger trains, the line hosted through manifest freight service to Washington via the Southern Railway via rights that the C&O purchased in 1890. These trackage rights have lapsed. In 1890 the C&O also leased the old Orange and Alexandria line between Gordonsville and Orange, after the Southern constructed its own line between Orange and Charlottesville.

The Washington Subdivision runs from the connection with the NS at Orange, down to the junction with the Piedmont Subdivision at Gordonsville. The connection at Gordonsville is made with a wye, in which a tower, G Tower, still stands. See Map of Gordonsville. Gordonsville has been an important rail junction since the 1850s when the Orange and Alexandria made a connection here with the Virginia Central. From Gordonsville, the Washington Sub continues on to Charlottesville, where it ends in a small yard, just east of the old C&O station. Just east of Charlottesville there are two long bridges at the Rivanna River and at the Woolen Mills.

The line is CTC controlled and mostly jointed rail. There are controlled sidings at South Orange (out of service), Gordonsville, Lindsay and Massie. There are no talking detectors on the line.

The line is accessible from grade crossings between Orange and Shadwell. There are road overpasses at Cobham, Keswick and Shadwell. West of Shadwell the line is inaccessible.


Typical traffic and volume

The Washington Sub hosts Amtrak's Cardinal (P050/P051) thrice weekly. A Doswell-based local (H756/H757) works the line west to Charlottesville on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday. The crew usually has an 8AM call in Doswell. This train will turn in Charlottesville and run east, usually the next day, after the crew has had their rest. Often times this train will take an hour or two switching Klockner Pentaplast, a large shipper west of Gordonsville. Typically six to eight westbound empty coal and grain trains are routed over the line daily, but this can vary widely. Meets between #50 and westbound empties are occasionally scheduled for the siding at Massie.
Timetable

C&O Business Unit--Washington Subdivision

Orange to Charlottesville--Westward
M.P.StationsTracksNotes
0.0
Orange..............

CTC
NS
0.4
South Orange........
3925' siding
{
9.0
160.4
Gordonsville........
4540' siding
Piedmont Sub
165.2
Lindsay.............
2850' siding
177.9
Massie..............
3180' siding
179.6 
Charlottesville.....

Yard

Listening in

08    Road Channel         160.230
14    Dispatcher           160.320
45    Maintenance of Way   160.785
77/19 PBX (Afton)          161.265/160.395
Jacksonville AM Dispatcher
In accordance with CSX operating practices, crews are required to call all signals, giving train number, track number, location and signal indication.
Photographs from the Washington Subdivision
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2
3
Orange
Gordonsville
Gordonsville
4
5
6
Gordonsville
Gordonsville
Gordonsville
7
8
9
Lindsay
Charlottesville Yard
Charlottesville Yard


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