Virginia Association of Railway Patrons
Modern Transportation for the Virginias
Dick Peacock, rest in peace
With sadness, we mark the passing of VARP Secretary Richard Peacock on Friday, May 6, 2016.
Dick could have written the book on being the consummate passenger rail advocate. He joined VARP to help get the Virginia Railway Express established and was our secretary ever since. He regularly rode VRE from his home in Manassas to his job at the Environmental Protection Agency Arlington, VA. Once he retired, Dick ramped up his rail advocacy to promote Amtrak service in Virginia and West Virginia. Thanks to Dick, VARP has been a regular exhibitor at the Historic Manassas Railroad Festival every year since its inception. Dick was especially good at getting letters to the editor published, and he followed up by maintaining a running dialogue with public officials. His most recent success story is the construction of a safety fence at the Burke VREAmtrak station to prevent trespassers from taking a short cut into harms way. Together with his younger brother, Dan, Dick encouraged implementation of the connector bus to the Lynchburg Regional train and for that train to be extended to the Roanoke and New River Valleys.
In his retirement Dick also was notable for maintaining hiking trails in the Shenandoah National Park, for which he received honors. Dick also managed to visit most of the National Parks, combined with scenic train travel.
In March, Dick received a clean bill of health from his battle with brain cancer, only to contract pneumonia in April, which cascaded into other complications.
Help Bedford get passenger train serviceThe town of Bedford, Virginia, between Lynchburg and Roanoke, wants the Roanoke train (planned for 2017) to stop there. VARP president Mike Testerman is assisting the town with its efforts. More than 8,000 citizens have signed a petition asking for the train to stop there. You can learn more and sign the online petition at www.thebedfordstation.com.
Manassas Railway Festival June 4
VARP plans to have a display at the Manassas Railway Festival on Saturday,
Cardinal and Crescent get Business Class
Amtraks New YorkChicago Cardinal and New YorkNew Orleans Crescent now have Business Class seats.
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