Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Photography Forums > My City Photos


Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Posted Oct 23, 2012, 2:27 AM
Cirrus's Avatar
Cirrus Cirrus is offline
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Washington, DC
Posts: 17,882
Trainspotting near Union Station in Washington, DC - Acela, slow Amtrak, MARC, VRE

The platform at DC's NoMa Metro station is one of the best places in the US to spot passenger trains. From there, anyone can see a steady stream of Acela high speed rail trains, regular Amtrak trains, MARC and VRE commuter trains, and of course Metro trains, going or coming from Union Station, which is the 2nd largest intercity rail station in the US (after Penn Station, NY).

All these pictures come from standing on the NoMa platform for a period of only about 20 minutes, a week or two ago.

Here's a quick map showing where the two stations are. Most of these pictures are from NoMa, looking south towards Union.

Let's start with Acela. The US Capitol is just south of Union Station, so you'll see its dome peeking above throughout this thread.

Here you can see the Metro platform.

Now a few regular Amtrak trains.

You saw that MARC train in the last picture. Here are more. MARC is commuter rail in Maryland. Two of its lines go up to Baltimore, and the other goes over to Gaithersburg, Frederick, and the tip of West Virginia.

Now VRE, which is commuter rail to Virginia. Lines go to Alexandria and then Manassas and Fredericksburg.

One to leave you by, MARC, an electric mover, and Metro:

BeyondDC: blog | twitter | flickr | instagram | Exploring urbanism and transportation in the Washington, DC area.

Last edited by Cirrus; Oct 23, 2012 at 2:44 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old Posted Oct 23, 2012, 4:03 AM
ColDayMan's Avatar
ColDayMan ColDayMan is offline
B!tchslapping Since 1998
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Cincinnati-Dayton-Columbus
Posts: 19,698
I dig it. VRE is very patriotic, that's for sure.
Click the x: _ _ X _ _!
Reply With Quote
Old Posted Oct 23, 2012, 11:20 AM
Danny's Avatar
Danny Danny is offline
Universal Traveler
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Madrid
Posts: 2,165

Very interesting trainspotting, Cirrus!

I like all those trains, as I like very much trains in general. My favourite, probably, is Acela. Very good pictures.

Congrats and greetings from Madrid, Spain!
Reply With Quote
Old Posted Oct 23, 2012, 2:08 PM
202_Cyclist's Avatar
202_Cyclist 202_Cyclist is offline
Trump for Treason.
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: No Trump. No KKK. No racism in the USA.
Posts: 4,186
Good photos but it this will look much better when the H Street streetcar is included as well.
Reply With Quote

Go Back   SkyscraperPage Forum > Photography Forums > My City Photos
Forum Jump

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Forum Jump

All times are GMT. The time now is 8:07 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.