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Fort Belvoir in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Facility 2298, Rail Bridge

Facility 2298 Rail Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Ell, January 5, 2019
1. Facility 2298 Rail Bridge Marker
Inscription.  The Fort Belvoir Military Railroad (FBMRR) was constructed in 1918 when Camp A.A. Humphreys was made a semi-permanent cantonment as the U.S. entered into World War 1. The two main objectives for FBMRR were to bring supplies and troops to camp for its rapid construction and war mobilization and to train engineer troops on the building of railroads, bridges, and other facilities essential to the U.S. war effort in France.

Engineer troops began work for the 4.51-mile standard-gauge railroad January 1918 by clearing heavily wodded areas before building wooden trestles to span low-lying areas. Facility No. 2298, or Bridge No. 4, a railroad bridge with concrete arches, wood decking, and reinforced concrete stringers, piers, and abutments, was constructed in 1928 to replace the original 1918 wooden trestle. Here the decommissioned remnants remain, spanning Beulah Street.

The FBMRR passenger service was discontinued after the Korean War but the railroad remained in use moving supplies until the last locomotive left Fort Belvoir in 1993.
Erected by Fort Belvoir.
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is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesRailroads & StreetcarsWar, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1918.
Location. 38° 42.764′ N, 77° 9.576′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Backlick Road and Beulah Street, on the right when traveling north on Backlick Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9005 Backlick Road, Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Facility 1433, Rail Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); John J. Kingman Road Crossing (approx. 0.6 miles away); Brown Barracks (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Belvoir (approx. 0.9 miles away); Belvoir (approx. 0.9 miles away); Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, and Accotink Turnpike (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Staff Sergeant John D. Linde Visitor Center (approx. 0.9 miles away); Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
Regarding Facility 2298, Rail Bridge. Publicly accessible
Facility 2298, Rail Bridge and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 22, 2021
2. Facility 2298, Rail Bridge and Marker
Facility 2298, Rail Bridge image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., June 22, 2021
3. Facility 2298, Rail Bridge
Marker is out of view on the far side of the bridge.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 5, 2019. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 5, 2019.   2, 3. submitted on June 22, 2021, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 4, 2023