Purcellville in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Electric Trains on the W&OD
By 1939, the year this man was photographed departing a trolley near Bluemont, Virginia, the W&OD had been operating on electricity for 27 years. Aging equipment was badly in need of modernization. In the early 1940s the railroad obtained its first self-propelled diesel-electric and gas-electric engines. Diesel power proved so efficient that by 1944 it had replaced electricity.
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
Location. 39° 8.485′ N, 77° 42.208′ W. Marker is in Purcellville, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker is on North Maple Avenue (County Route 722), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located beside the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad Trail, at the crossing for a business driveway. Marker is in this post office area: Purcellville VA 20132, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ambush at Purcellville (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tracks into History (approx. half a mile away); Mother of the Wright Brothers (approx. 0.6 miles away); Purcellville Station (approx. 0.7 miles away); Beyond Purcellville (approx. 0.7 miles away); Loudoun County Emancipation Association Grounds (approx. one mile away); Loudoun Branch, Manassas Gap Railroad (approx. 1.7 miles away); Goose Creek Friends 1765 Meeting House (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Purcellville.
More about this marker. This is one in a set of standard W&OD Trail markers discussing the Electric Train Service, and is duplicated at several locations. The marker has a background photograph described in the text, with the caption, A passenger gets off of electric car No. 41 just east of Bluemont, Virginia, in February 1939. An inset picture displays A portable substation site near Ashburn, Virginia. It was transported wherever needed to convert electricity to correct the voltage for use by engines.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,241 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.