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Site of Manassas Junction

 
 
Site of Manassas Junction Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, June 10, 2006
1. Site of Manassas Junction Marker
Inscription. One mile west was the junction of the Orange and Alexandria and Manassas Gap Railroad lines. The point became known as Manassas Junction. During the Civil War both sides used the area as a supply base. The site of the first depot was probably about one half mile to the east. The present structure was erected by the Southern Railroad in 1914, and is the third building on this site. For many years this depot was an important passenger and freight stop in commerce between markets of the north, south, and Shenandoah Valley.
 
Erected by City of Manassas.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Manassas Gap Railroad marker series.
 
Location. 38° 45.011′ N, 77° 28.353′ W. Marker is in Manassas, Virginia. Marker is on Battle Street south of Center Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is trackside on the east end of the station platform. Marker is in this post office area: Manassas VA 20110, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wartime Manassas (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (within
Marker Between Kiosk and Station image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, June 10, 2006
2. Marker Between Kiosk and Station
shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Wartime Manassas (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Manassas.
 
Regarding Site of Manassas Junction. Station currently serves Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express passenger trains. The tracks through Manassas are owned and operated by the Norfolk Southern Railroad.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. First Manassas Markers around Mansasas (town)
 
Additional comments.
1. This Is Still a Busy Passenger Station
In addition to numerous Virginia Railway Express (VRE) commuter trains, this station still serves the Amtrak versions of two famous long distance trains, Southern's Crescent, and C&O's George Washington (which Amtrak now calls The Cardinal). In its heyday, twelve name trains ran past this station.

The Crescent was Southern Railway's luxury daily train between New York and New Orleans via Washington and Atlanta, with through cars to and from Los Angeles. It ran with nine private-room Pullman cars every day (as well as a dining car and lounge cars) in the late 1950's even as rail travel declined nationwide. Pennsylvania Railroad electric locomotives hauled the train between New York and Washington. Southern's locomotives handled it the rest of the way. Southern's southbound
Manassas Amtrak and VRE Station image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2006
3. Manassas Amtrak and VRE Station
A tourist Visitor's Center and a small museum is in the station. There is plenty of parking at the station and elsewhere in town.
Crescent left New York at 2 in the afternoon and stopped in Manassas a few minutes after 7 PM. It arrived in New Orleans by 7 PM the next day. The northbound train left New Orleans at 11 PM and passed Manassas at 3 in the morning 28 hours later. It arrived in New York at 9 AM.

Amtrak's southbound Crescent keeps to Southern's 20th Century timetable, stopping at Manassas at about the same time, 7:22 PM. The northbound train is timed differently these days. It leaves New Orleans at 7:20 AM, stops in Manassas at 8:46 AM the next day, and arrives in New York at 2:02 PM. Then and now, in order to keep to a daily schedule on the 1377 mile run, four trains are en route at any given time, two in each direction.

Other daily Southern Railroad trains that passed through Manassas were the Washington-Atlanta-New Orleans Express, The Birmingham Special, The Augusta and Asheville Specials, The Southener (to New Orleans), The Peach Queen (to Atlanta), and The Piedmont Limited (to New Orleans). The Pelican (to New Orleans via Roanoke) and The Tennessean (to Memphis) were operated jointly with the Norfolk and Western (N&W) Railway.

Amtrak's Cardinal runs between Chicago and New York via Cincinnati and Washington. The Cardinal is the successor to Chesapeake and Ohio's George Washington that ran between Cincinnati and Washington. It used the tracks through Manassas but did not stop here. To ride it to and from Manassas you would have had to take a local east to Alexandria or west to Charlottesville to catch it there. The daily westbound George Washington left Washington
Manassas Junction Station image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 2, 2007
4. Manassas Junction Station
at 5:45 PM, rolled through Manassas about 50 minutes later and arrived in Cincinnati at 7:20 AM. Eastbound it left Cincinnati at 6:15 PM, rolled through Manassas at around 7 AM, and arrived Washington at 7:55 AM. The three times a week westbound Cardinal stops in Manassas at 12:02 PM and the eastbound stops at 4:35 PM.

The Chesapeake and Ohio ran two other named trains to Washington and New York on this line, The Sportsman (Washington to Detroit) and The F.F.V. (Fast Flying Virginian). The F.F.V between Washington and Huntington West Virginia stopped here at 11:50 PM westbound and 1:56 PM eastbound. It was a popular train to the mountain resorts at Hot Springs and at White Sulphur Springs and carried daily through Pullman cars from New York that it dropped off and picked up at those resorts. You could board those cars here at Manassas.
    — Submitted November 18, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.

 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsWar, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,988 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.   3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   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.
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