Facility 2298, Rail Bridge

Facility 2298, Rail Bridge (HM2DB8)

Location: Fort Belvoir, VA 22060 Fairfax County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 42.735', W 77° 9.574'

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The Fort Belvoir Military Railroad (FBMRR) was constructed in 1918 when Camp A.A. Humphreys was made a semi-permanent cantonment as the U.S. entered into World War 1. The two main objectives for FBMRR were to bring supplies and troops to camp for its rapid construction and war mobilization and to train engineer troops on the building of railroads, bridges, and other facilities essential to the U.S. war effort in France.

Engineer troops began work for the 4.51-mile standard-gauge railroad January 1918 by clearing heavily wodded areas before building wooden trestles to span low-lying areas. Facility No. 2298, or Bridge No. 4, a railroad bridge with concrete arches, wood decking, and reinforced concrete stringers, piers, and abutments, was constructed in 1928 to replace the original 1918 wooden trestle. Here the decommissioned remnants remain, spanning Beulah Street.

The FBMRR passenger service was discontinued after the Korean War but the railroad remained in use moving supplies until the last locomotive left Fort Belvoir in 1993.
HM NumberHM2DB8
Placed ByFort Belvoir
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 312234 N 4287059
Decimal Degrees38.71225000, -77.15956667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.735', W 77° 9.574'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 44.1" N, 77° 9' 34.44" W
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Area Code(s)703
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9012 Backlick Rd, Fort Belvoir VA 22060, US
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