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Near Manassas in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“The Unfinished Railroad”

 
 
“The Unfinished Railroad” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, June 10, 2006
1. “The Unfinished Railroad” Marker
Inscription. These cuts and fills are what remain of the Independent Line of the Manassas Gap Railroad. The Independent Line was constructed in the mid-1850s to connect Gainesville, 5 miles to the west, with Alexandria, 25 miles to the east. After completing the grade, the Manassas Gap Railroad Company ran out of money. No track was ever laid.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Manassas Gap Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 50.321′ N, 77° 32.256′ W. Marker is near Manassas, Virginia, in Prince William County. Marker is on Sudley Road (Virginia Route 234) south of Featherbed Lane. Click for map. It it is at Sudley Battlefield, near the northenmost point of the Manassas National Battlefield Park. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battling for the Rocky Knoll (a few steps from this marker); Sudley Church (a few steps from this marker); Sudley Methodist Church
Marker at the Unfinished Railroad Trail Heading West image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2006
2. Marker at the Unfinished Railroad Trail Heading West
(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Debt Repaid (about 600 feet away); Field Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Also see . . .  The Transportation Network of Alexandria. This page has a large map showing the path of the Independent Line of the Manassas Gap Railroad. (Submitted on November 1, 2006.) 
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
The Independent Line Continues image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2006
3. The Independent Line Continues
The line continues east across Sudley Road from the small parking lot where this marker is. A walking trail takes you into a corner the Battlefield Park.
“The Unfinished Railroad” Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, September 4, 2015
4. “The Unfinished Railroad” Marker
A set of stairs has been built next to the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,111 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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