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Triple Crossing

 
 
Triple Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
1. Triple Crossing Marker
Inscription. Soon after the Civil War, railroads were built over the old canal towpaths. Three rail lines crossing over each other give this part of the city its name. Across the canal is the only triple main-line railroad crossing in the world. The bottom line was built before the Civil War. In the early 20th century, the other two were added, contributing to Richmond's development as an important transportation hub.
 
Erected by Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk.
 
Location. 37° 31.943′ N, 77° 25.89′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Dock Street and South 15th Street. Touch for map. This marker is on the Richmond Riverfront Canal Walk between S 15th Street and S 17th Street. Marker is in this post office area: Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kanawha Canal (a few steps from this marker); Shockoe Slip (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Early Shockoe (about 300 feet away); Auction Houses (about 400 feet away); African Americans and the Waterfront (about 500 feet away); Canal Walk / Historic Canals
Triple Crossing across the canal. image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, October 25, 2009
2. Triple Crossing across the canal.
(about 500 feet away); Richmond Local Flood Protection (about 500 feet away); Use of Arms (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
 
Also see . . .
1. Richmondís Historic Canal Walk. Venture Richmond (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. James River and Kanawha Canal Historic District. National Park Service (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

3. Richmond's Triple Crossing. Wikipedia (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

4. That Triple Crossing. Richmond Then and Now (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

5. The Triple Crossing. Chesapeake & Ohio Piedmont Subdivision - Richmond (Submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
Aerial view of Triple Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Bing Maps, 2009
3. Aerial view of Triple Crossing
Triple Railroad Crossing, East Byrd Street at Sixteenth Street. image. Click for full size.
By Jack E. Boucher, 1971
4. Triple Railroad Crossing, East Byrd Street at Sixteenth Street.
General view, looking east, showing intersection of three railroads at three levels. At ground level is the former Richmond & York River Railroad (now the West Point branch of the Southern); the viaduct structure appearing at the upper left corner of the photograph was constructed by the Chesapeake & Ohio railroad in 1900. It passes over the Seaboard Airline Bridge which also was built in 1900. Library of Congress [HAER VA,44-RICH,105-2]
Triple Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Dementi Studios, circa 1950
5. Triple Crossing
This unique photograph presents to view the only point in the world where three trunk line trains may cross each other, at the same time and over their separate tracks. At the top is shown a passenger train of the C & O Railway leaving Richmond for the upper James River Valley; just beneath is a train of the S.A.L. Railway leaving the Main Street (Union) Depot for the South, and on the ground a train of the Southern Railway coming into Richmond from West Point on the York River. VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
Triple Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Southern Bargain House, circa 1919
6. Triple Crossing
This unique photograph presents to view the only point in the world where three trunk line trains cross each other at the same time, and over their separate tracks. At the top is shown a passenger train of the C. & O. Railway leaving Richmond for the upper James River Valley just beneath it a train of the S.A.L. Railway leaving the Main Street (Union) Deport for the South, and on the ground a train of the Southern Railway coming into Richmond from West Point on the York River. VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
Triple Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Capitol News Agency
7. Triple Crossing
This unique photograph presents to view the only point in the world where three trunk line trains cross each other, at the same time and over their separate tracks. At the top is shown a passenger train of the C. & O. Railway leaving Richmond for the upper James River Valley just beneath it a train of the S.A.L. Railway leaving the Main Street (Union) Deport for the South, and on the ground a train of the Southern Railway coming into Richmond from West Point on the York River. VCU Libraries Digital Collections - Rarely Seen Richmond
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,950 times since then and 93 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   4. submitted on November 2, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.   5, 6, 7. submitted on October 31, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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