early N&W operation in Washington, DC ??

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Tue Nov 8 21:47:59 EST 2011

Being a Lynchburg resident, I've an inclination to say it was through here. Ease of train transfer from RR line to RR line sort of persuades me toward this thinking. Perhaps this was the beginning of the Tennessean, Birmingham Special, etc. and was eventually trimmed to Monroe for feasibility.
My two cents.
Charlie Long

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>I seen occasional references in the 1890-1900 era of N&W train

>operations in the Washington, DC scene. If this correct via which

>railroad and which gateway did such things occur ?? The references are

>a little bit here and there and I can't cite where I have seen them

>but I have read about such things and by the wording I saw at the time

>it appeared to be a regular operation, not the occasional special move

>for some sort of excursion.


>The basic choices for gateways are: RF&P from Richmond, Southern via

>either Lynchburg or Riverton to Manassas, and B&O via Shenandoah

>Junction, which is where I would like to think it came through, if it

>did. I have eliminated Hagerstown as it would have entailed the

>Washington County Branch to Weverton and I believe the bridges were

>pretty light-loading. I also know the line from Riverton to Manassas

>had a similar problem. All of this is why I am leaning towards

>Shenandoah Jct., for what if anything occurred. Any other routing

>would have really been circuitous and wouldn't have happened, like

>coming through Waynesboro via C&O and somehow using their trackage

>agreement from Orange to DC.


>Were they considering being a part of the Pot Yard consortium and

>either pulled out or were eliminated for some reason? Lots of

>questions but no real clues here.


>Bob Cohen


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