Electric Trains on the W&OD

Electric Trains on the W&OD (HMPU)

Location: Vienna, VA 22180 Fairfax County
Buy Virginia State flags at Flagstore.com!
Country: United States of America
Buy United States of America flags at Flagstore.com!

N 38° 54.061', W 77° 15.55'

  • 1 check ins
  • 0 favorites
Electrification arrived in 1912, after the Great Falls & Old Dominion Railroad and the Southern Railway's Bluemont Branch were consolidated into the Washington & Old Dominion Railway. The new owners brought modern interurban trolley cars. Wire strung above the tracks carried electricity from the railroad's own power plant in Rosslyn, Virginia. In 1917 service switched to the local utility company.

By 1939, the year this man was photographed departing a trolley near Bluemont, Virginia, the W&OD had been operating on electricity for 27 years. Aging equipment was badly in need of modernization. In the early 1940s the railroad obtained its first self-propelled diesel-electric and gas-electric engines. Diesel power proved so efficient that by 1944 it had replaced electricity.
Series This marker is part of the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad series
Placed ByThe Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority
Marker Condition
10 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 12:02pm PDT -07:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 304091 N 4308218
Decimal Degrees38.90101667, -77.25916667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 54.061', W 77° 15.55'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 54' 3.66" N, 77° 15' 33.00" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)703, 202, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2 Washington and Old Dominion Trail, Vienna VA 22180, US
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Nearby Markersshow on map
Check Ins  check in   |    all

I Saw The Marker

I photographed this marker yesterday and am trying to figure out how to upload the photo. It’s NOT as easy as suggested. John Reibling

Oct 2, 2017 at 6:41am PDT by johnreibling

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. What historical period does the marker represent?
  2. What historical place does the marker represent?
  3. What type of marker is it?
  4. What class is the marker?
  5. What style is the marker?
  6. Does the marker have a number?
  7. What year was the marker erected?
  8. This marker needs at least one picture.
  9. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  10. Is the marker in the median?