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Rail Lines at Tredegar

 
 
Rail Lines at Tredegar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
1. Rail Lines at Tredegar Marker
Inscription. Nearly all of the materials shipped to and from Tredegar moved by railroad after the Civil War. The companyís small fleet of industrial switcher locomotives moved car loads along the spur lines that connected Tredegar to the outside world. Over two miles of railroad tracks criss-crossed the Tredegar complex. They ran alongside, between, and through many of the large buildings that filled the site. Other tracks ran to elevated dump sites where metal and coal were off-loaded. The photographs shown here were taken c.1918 through c.1940.
 
Location. 37° 32.178′ N, 77° 26.782′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Tredegar Street 0.1 miles west of South 5th Street. Click for map. This marker is located outside the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Tredegar Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Canal and the Civil War (here, next to this marker); Worker Housing (a few steps from this marker); Tredegar Spike Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); Cupolas from the Virginia State Penitentiary (within shouting
One of Tredegar's rail line dump sites. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
2. One of Tredegar's rail line dump sites.
distance of this marker); Rutherfoordís Mill (within shouting distance of this marker); President Lincoln Visits Richmond (within shouting distance of this marker); Neighborhoods at Tredegar (within shouting distance of this marker); Raceways (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Richmond.
 
More about this marker. On the left are two photographs; a rail yard, and a railroad crane. They carry the caption, "Tredegarís main incoming cargo consisted of pig iron, scrap metal, and coal. Iron and steel were moved from the freight yards around Richmond in gondolas and off-loaded at the Iron Works. The locomotives moved large, steam-powered cranes around the site and, using hooks, magnets, and chains, the cranes unloaded the heavy metal fragments which were melted in Tredegarís furnaces and made into new metal products for shipment across the city and the nation.

Coal, used to fuel the metal furnaces, was shipped in from the coal fields of Virginia and West Virginia and unloaded at dump sites around the works. From there it was moved around the site by horse-drawn carts and wagons."

On
Railroad crane image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
3. Railroad crane
the right is a photograph of one of Tredegar's locomotives, with the caption, "One locomotive that worked the rails at Tredegar still sees service today. Engine No. 1, an 0-6-0 T built by H.K. Porter in 1942, is owned by the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Originally built as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers No. 5019, the locomotive was purchased by Tredegar in 1948 and renumbered No. 4. The engine became the property of Albemarle Paper Company when it acquired the Tredegar site in 1960. Retired in 1966, the engine, then called “Rebel,” was donated by Ethyl Corporation in 1969 and returned to service by the Old Dominion Chapter in 1982."
 
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Richmond National Battlefield Park (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Old Dominion Chapter. National Railway Historical Society (Submitted on November 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
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"Rebel", one of Tredegar's locomotives image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
4. "Rebel", one of Tredegar's locomotives
Rail Lines at Tredegar Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 3, 2009
5. Rail Lines at Tredegar Marker
Rail Lines at Tredegar image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
6. Rail Lines at Tredegar
Rail Lines at Tredegar image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, November 8, 2009
7. Rail Lines at Tredegar
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 631 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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