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Passengers Waiting at Union Station Charlottesville

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Image date: 1977


These are black and white photos (PH835, PH831-833) of people observing a Southern Train as they await a steam engine at Charlottesville’s Union Station.  The train in view is likely an excursion or museum train.  Union Station was built in 1885 to service the Charlottesville and Rapidan Railroad, the Virginia Midland Railway, and the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. Currently, the station services Amtrak trains traveling the Northeast Corridor. The photos date to 1977 and are part of a collection by Rip Payne Photos of Charlottesville, VA. 

The Southern yard had long been torn up at this point, but the C&O yard still had a functional turntable (about where Lexis/Nexus is today) and on some of the museum/excursion trains Southern did, the train would come up from the south to Charlottesville, and then back down.  To do this, they would unhook the engine from the train at the Southern platform (underneath main street bridge) use the double ended siding to get the engine behind the train (photo 833 shows them on this siding), then switch over to the C&O tracks & head downtown to use the turntable, come back, hook up to the other end of the train and head back south.

PH831-PH832 show them on the siding than connects C&O/Southern.  PH835 shows them sitting at the C&O platform at union station.

*Special thanks to Pete Runge for his help identifying these photographs.

Visitor Comments:

Brad Mordecai says - August 24, 2011

Actually, I believe these excusion trains came south from Alexandria, Va and returned there. The trips were run by NRHS (National Railway Historical Society) and were extremely popular all day round trips. I took many of these trips.

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