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Leesylvania State Park in Prince William County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Railroad Runs Through It

 
 
A Railroad Runs Through It Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
1. A Railroad Runs Through It Marker
Inscription. The railway line that lies between Neabsco and Powells Creek was completed in 1872 by the Alexandria and Fredericksburg Railroad. This was no easy taks considering the steep terrain, which required numerous deep cuts and fills to maintain a gentle grade along the line. Over the years, this resulted in several landslides and train derailments. The first year of its operation, the Alexandria Gazette reported one such event, “Owing to the washing of the A&F Railroad, the passenger and baggage car of the train due here yesterday evening from Quantico ran off the track in a deep cut at Freestone Point. A repair train was sent down immediately and the track is now in good order again.” An incident that occurred at about the same time recalls an attempt to stabilize tracks along a slide. A temporary timber trestle was constructed and secured to trees further up the hill. Delayed by the incident on the way to Fredericksburg, P.T. Barnum, along with his circus, commented that he had been all over the United States, but this was the first railroad he had ever seen tied to a tree.
 
Erected by Leesylvania State Park.
 
Location. 38° 35.658′ N, 77° 15.386′ W. Marker is in Leesylvania State Park, Virginia, in Prince
A Railroad Runs Through It Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
2. A Railroad Runs Through It Marker
The cut is to the right of the marker.
William County. Touch for map. Marker is along an historical hiking trail within Leesylvania State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Woodbridge VA 22191, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lee and Fairfax Family Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lee Family Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); Mill Wheel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Pollution Solution (approx. half a mile away); The Freestone Point Hunt Club (approx. half a mile away); "Light Horse Harry" Lee (approx. half a mile away); Swimming in Bounty (approx. half a mile away); Freestone Point Earthworks (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leesylvania State Park.
 
More about this marker. On the right side of the marker, an “aerial map shows the curves of the original track compared to the lines today.”
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
The Cut; View Looking North from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
3. The Cut; View Looking North from the Marker
The Cut; View is Looking South toward the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
4. The Cut; View is Looking South toward the Marker
Note, the marker is not visible. IT is on the hill to the left of the cut.
The Railroad Bed as it turns upstream at Neabsco Creek image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., February 8, 2008
5. The Railroad Bed as it turns upstream at Neabsco Creek
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 9, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 881 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 9, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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