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

Facility 1433, Rail Bridge

 
 
Facility 1433, Rail Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 11, 2019
1. Facility 1433, 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 I. 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 in January 1918 by clearing heavily wooded areas before building wooden trestles to span low-lying areas. Facility No. 1433 replaced Wooden Trestle No. 5, which first carried FBMRR above U.S. Route 1. The 102nd Engineers, under Cornelius Vanderbilt III, built trestle Nos. 5 and 6 in 1918. Facility No. 1433, a single-span, concrete, single-track railroad bridge measuring 14 feet in width, was constructed in 1928. The bridge was removed in 2014 for road widening.
 
Erected 2018 by Fort Belvoir and the Federal Highway Administration.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts
Facility 1433, Rail Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 11, 2019
2. Facility 1433, Rail Bridge Marker
Railroads & Streetcars.
 
Location. 38° 42.524′ N, 77° 9.284′ W. Marker is in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Belvoir VA 22060, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Facility 2298, Rail Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fort Belvoir (approx. 0.6 miles away); Belvoir (approx. 0.6 miles away); Alexandria, Mt. Vernon, and Accotink Turnpike (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Staff Sergeant John D. Linde Visitor Center (approx. 0.6 miles away); Woodlawn Quaker Meetinghouse (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Woodlawn Historic District (approx. 0.8 miles away); Pohick Road Crossing (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Belvoir.
 
Also see . . .  Historic American Engineering Record, Fort Belvoir Railroad Bridge (Facility No. 1433). (Submitted on June 12, 2019, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
Facility 1433, Rail Bridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 11, 2019
3. Facility 1433, Rail Bridge Marker
The berm to the right was part of the railroad bridge abutment.
Photo of Facility No. 1433, Shortly after construction. image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Quartermaster General Construction Completion Report, 1928, February 29, 1928
4. Photo of Facility No. 1433, Shortly after construction.
View is looking South.
Facility 1433, Rail Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W.
5. Facility 1433, Rail Bridge
Google StreetView screenshot from September 2013, showing the rail bridge prior to demolition.
View is looking North.
Facility 1433, Rail Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W.
6. Facility 1433, Rail Bridge
Google StreetView screenshot from September 2014, showing the rail bridge during demolition.
View is looking North.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 12, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2019, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 106 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 12, 2019, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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