ROANOKE, Va. – As Amtrak prepares to begin passenger service between Roanoke and Lynchburg, trains will be running on the tracks beginning Monday.
The trains will serve as training for locomotive engineers and train conductors to learn the tracks and territory between the two cities, according to a news release from Amtrak.
Running these training trains is a collaboration between Amtrak, the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Norfolk Southern.
These trains will carry no passengers and are expected to operate two times per day, five days a week.
Once passenger trains run on the tracks, they will operate one round-trip seven days a week.
The Northeast Regional service will provide a same-seat trip to and from Roanoke and to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and other cities along the Northeast Corridor.