The Bluemont Line

The Bluemont Line (HM1EAU)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22301
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 49.832', W 77° 3.342'

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The Alexandria, Loudoun & Hampshire Railroad was formed in 1847 to carry the agricultural produce of the Shenandoah Valley and western Virginia coal to the port of Alexandria. Financial difficulties, however, meant that the line never got farther west than Bluemont, Virginia, rendering it only marginally profitable throughout its existence. As a result, the line went through many changes of ownership, including operation by the Southern Railway from 1894 to 1912 and by the Washington & Old Dominion Railway (W&OD) until the track was abandoned in 1968.

The Bluemont line of the W&OD was a sedate, low-volume carrier of produce, dairy products, mail and some passengers between Loudoun County, Alexandria and Washington, D.C. Consistently undercapitalized, the line was disparagingly referred to as the "Virginia Creeper" or the "Weary, Old & Dilapidated," but by the 1960s, it was beloved by rail enthusiasts for its wide variety of rather elderly equipment.
Year Placed2008
Placed ByCity of Alexandria
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 10:53pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 321561 N 4299978
Decimal Degrees38.83053333, -77.05570000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 49.832', W 77° 3.342'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 49' 49.92" N, 77° 3' 20.52" W
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Area Code(s)703, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300 E Raymond Ave, Alexandria VA 22301, US
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