Leesburg Passenger Station

Leesburg Passenger Station (HMQ8)

Location: Leesburg, VA 20175 Loudoun County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 6.721', W 77° 33.974'

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When the Alexandria, Loudoun, & Hampshire Railroad (later W&OD) arrived on May 17, 1860, Leesburg realized a dream. A local newspaper praised the railroad, which "throws us within an hour or two's ride of the cities of the seaboard, and opens up a new avenue of commerce and trade."

At first a single depot, located 0.2 mile east of here, served passengers and freight. In 1887 the railroad opened a separate passenger station here at King Street. It remained in use until passenger service ended in 1951.

As at other towns along the line, Leesburg stationmasters played a crucial role in the smooth operation of the line. They sold tickets, operated the telegraph, and filled engines' water tanks. Local resident Frank Raflo recalled that when a train came the stationmaster blocked street traffic "with a not-too-large signal which read simply ?STOP.' "
HM NumberHMQ8
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
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Date Added Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 9:43am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 278120 N 4332343
Decimal Degrees39.11201667, -77.56623333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 6.721', W 77° 33.974'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 6' 43.26" N, 77° 33' 58.44" W
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Area Code(s)703, 540, 571
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1700-1764 Washington and Old Dominion Trail, Leesburg VA 20175, US
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