Vienna in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Electric Trains on the W&OD
By 1939, the year this man was photographed departing a trolley near Bluemont, Virginia, the W&OD had been operating on electricity for 27 years. Aging equipment was badly in need of modernization. In the early 1940s the railroad obtained its first self-propelled diesel-electric and gas-electric engines. Diesel power proved so efficient that by 1944 it had replaced electricity.
Erected by The Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad marker series.
Location. 38° 54.061′ N, 77° 15.55′ W. Marker is in Vienna, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Park Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Roughly 20 feet to the east side of Park Street,
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. On June 17, 1861 (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Action at Vienna (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Freeman Store and Museum (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Great Falls Line (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vienna Centennial Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Vienna Station (approx. half a mile away); Tracks into History (approx. half a mile away); Salsbury Spring (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vienna.
More about this marker. This is one in a set of standard W&OD Trail markers discussing the Electric Train Service, and is duplicated at several locations. The marker has a background photograph described in the text, with the caption, “A passenger gets off of electric car No. 41 just east of Bluemont, Virginia, in February 1939.” An inset picture displays “A portable substation site near Ashburn, Virginia. It was transported wherever needed to convert electricity to correct the voltage for use by engines.”
Also see . . .
1. W&OD Railroad History Site - Pictures of Engines and Rolling Stock. Several of the electric powered trains are pictured. (Submitted on August 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
2. Friends of the W&OD Trail - Video Clips. Some video clips of the electric passenger train service. (Submitted on August 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
3. The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad. Book by Ames Williams available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
4. Rails to the Blue Ridge: The Washington and Old Dominion Railroad, 1847 - 1968. Book by Herbert Harwood available on Amazon.com (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,272 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.