Leesburg Freight Station

Leesburg Freight Station (HMQ6)

Location: Leesburg, VA 20175 Loudoun County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 6.649', W 77° 33.813'

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Leesburg's first railroad depot opened here in 1860 to accommodate passengers, mail, express packages, and freight. All but the freight operations were moved west to King Street in 1887 when the new passenger station opened. An industrial area known as "the Wharf"—mills, warehouses, a farm implement factory, and a stockyard—grew up around this station.

Passenger service along the Washington & Old Dominion barely made money. Freight appeared to be the railroad's salvation. In 1926 W&OD owners calculated that 2 or 3 freight runs earned more than 134 passenger runs.

Freight business boomed during World War II and later with the growth of Northern Virginia. Trains hauled stone from local quarries for road construction. In the late 1950s the railroad prospered hauling building materials for the new Dulles International Airport.
HM NumberHMQ6
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 ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at 6:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278349 N 4332203
Decimal Degrees39.11081667, -77.56355000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.649', W 77° 33.813'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 38.94" N, 77° 33' 48.78" W
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Area Code(s)703, 540, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 321 Washington and Old Dominion Trail, Leesburg VA 20175, US
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