Near Leesburg in Loudoun County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Diesel Trains on the W&OD
The railroad was phasing out passenger service in favor of more profitable freight hauling. Diesel power allowed the W&OD to participate in Northern Virginia’s growth boom in the 1940s and 50s. Trains hauled brick, lumber, and cement from Alexandria. Gravel was loaded into cars at Trap Rock Quarry (below) and hauled eastward to be used as fill for roadbeds. By the 1960s the encroachment of these same roads spelled the end of local suburban railroads, including the W&OD.
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° 4.11′ N, 77° 31.113′ W. Marker is near Leesburg, Virginia, in Loudoun County. Marker can be reached from Cochran Mill Road (Virginia Route 653), on the right when traveling north. Click for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Belmont (approx. 1.8 miles away); Ashburn Station (approx. 2.4 miles away); Edwards Ferry (approx. 2.4 miles away); Elizabeth Mills Riverfront Park (approx. 2.7 miles away); Carriage House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Two-Chambered Granary (approx. 3.1 miles away); Ice House (approx. 3.1 miles away); Well House (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Leesburg.
More about this marker. The background picture on the marker is a “Diesel engine at Trap Rock Quarry, 1958.” A smaller inset picture is captioned, “A 1925 postcard shows Goose Creek with the bridge in the background. As diesel engines got bigger, Goose Creek Bridge could not withstand their weight. Railroad cars were transferred to smaller engines for the trip across the bridge and westward.”
Also see . . .
1. Equipment Used on the W&OD. Some of the diesel engines are pictured. (Submitted on August 18, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
3. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. Book by Herbert Harwood available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,287 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.