City of Alexandria Est. 1749
—Potomac Yard —Despite its function as a major rail classification yard for many years, Potomac Yard was not immune to the economic pressures and competition from other modes of transportation. Trucks and airplanes eventually reduced the need for goods and materials to be carried by rail and, in turn, the need for rail classification services. Although other factors aided in its downfall, the Yard was closed primarily due to reduced demand for its services. As former Yard Superintendent Jack McGinley stated, "in essence, Potomac Yard had outused its usefulness as a railroad facility." Potomac Yard closed in 1992 after 85 years of service.
|Placed By||City of Alexandria|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Sunday, April 1st, 2018 at 7:02am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 322119 N 4299072|
|Decimal Degrees||38.82248333, -77.04903333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 38° 49.349', W 77° 2.942'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||38° 49' 20.94" N, 77° 2' 56.52" W|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling East|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1800 Potomac Ave, Alexandria VA 22305, US|
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