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Tree, report of drunken man delay VRE

5:20 p.m. Update: Several Virginia Railway Express trains are running late due to various problems, VRE officials said Monday afternoon.

Issues with CSX dispatching and passengers loading on the wrong side of the track, caused some initial backups, VRE spokesman Mark Roeber said. Now, however, the issue has escalated. A fallen tree on the Norfolk Southern line and reports of a drunken man wandering near the tracks in the Lorton area have further stalled evening trains, Roeber said.

Trains 303 and 327 are both 45 minutes late, while trains 307, 329 and 305 are 15, 25 and 35 minutes late, respectively. VRE officials said they have canceled trains 338 and 335.

-- Jennifer Buske

5:11 p.m. Update: If you were planning on catching VRE Train 335, here are a couple of other options: Train 333 departs Washington at 5:30 p.m.; Train 337 departs at 6:50 p.m.

5:10 p.m. Update: MARC Train 853 approaching Laurel Race Track is 65 minutes late.

. 5 p.m. Update: VRE just released the current information on delays:
303, 45 minutes late; 305, 35 minutes late; 307, 15 minutes late; 327, 45 minutes late;
329, 25 minutes late; trains 335 and 338 canceled.

4:40 p.m. Update: VRE's Manassas Line trains 335 and 338 have been canceled. Other VRE trains are moving late: 303 is 35 minutes late; 327 is 30 minutes late; 305 is 10 minutes late.

4:06 p.m. Update: Well, Brunswick Line passengers can expect delays beyond Rockville West due to a crossing malfunction.

And Virginia Railway Express is reporting problems "due to CSX dispatcher issues." Train 303 on the Fredricksburg Line is running 20 minutes late, which caused congestion. Manassas Line Train 327 is running 10 minutes late because of that problem.

4 p.m. Update: More bad news for Camden Line passengers. Train 853 is operating 15 to 20 minutes late because of signal problems.

Original post: MARC passengers on the Brunswick and Camden lines can expect some delays today as the heat will force trains to slow down during travel this afternoon

CSX, which owns the rails, issued heat restrictions in effect from 1 to 7 p.m. Trains on both lines will operate at 20 miles less than the maximum authorized speed but will travel at a minimum of 40 miles per hour, according to the Maryland Transit Administration. Delays can range from 10 to 15 minutes, officials said.

Trains must slow during extreme heat because the steel rails can expand and shift, producing a curve in an otherwise straight pair of rails.

Virginia Railway Express appears to be traveling at normal speeds at this hour. Service disruptions can be tracked on the system's real-time map.

Here are some tips from Dr. Gridlock on beating the heat.

By Michael Bolden  | June 28, 2010; 5:02 PM ET
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Expecting someone on the Amtrak train that is supposed to get to Union Station 5:25?

For the 3rd time in 4 days, that train is running about 1 hour late.

Posted by: Amtraker | June 28, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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