Why high wind orders are now a thing on the railroad, and how they affect Virginia Railway E trains

From VRE via Potomac Local; May 15, 2018

From Virginia Railway Express:

[Monday] night, in response to the high winds associated with passing storms, VRE trains were stopped and held at stations until the storms had cleared.  For many of our riders, this was the first time trains had been stopped due to wind. 

A recent operating rules change by our host railroads now requires trains to stop at stations or sidings when high wind orders are issued. Once the orders are lifted, trains may then resume their trip.

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