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Train Knutz: The One Mile Railroad - OU03BD

 For nearly 50 years the Virginia Central Railway was a one mile railroad!

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N 38° 17.737' W 77° 27.670' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Virginia
 Cache Type: Webcam
 Size: No container
 Status: Archived
 Date Hidden: 04 March 2012
 Date Created: 19 February 2012
 Last Modified: 11 November 2014
 Waypoint: OU03BD

 


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 For nearly 50 years the
        Virginia Central Railway
        was a one mile railroad!



In 1938, after eighty-one years of trying to turn a profit, thirty-seven miles of the Virginia Central Railway were abandoned, leaving the railroad with just one mile of track to operate in the city of Fredericksburg. With subsidies and other various contrivances this one mile railroad was able to hang on another forty-six years, before even this last section of track was abandoned.

But soon the City of Fredericksburg will put this old right-of-way to new use as public greenway! Sections of the trail are already open, such as the portion through Alum Spring Park and the section through the new Cobblestone Square neighborhood.


It is at Cobblestone Square that you will find this webcam set up by an earth science teacher to record weather conditions. But you can record yourself, too!

After parking at the posted coordinates proceed west on the trail and visit the Cobblestone Park at the western end of the neighborhood. On your way there or back, climb the southern stairs just west of the bridge and at the top of the stairs you will be in the field of view of the camera with the trail visible in the background. The camera isn't very high resolution, but if you post a picture and someone is visible in the right place, we'll know it's you having a great time discovering the Virginia Central Railway trail!

Go to the camera's webpage with a smartphone while there and use it to save a camera image with you or your group in it. If you don't have one with you or it doesn't work, use a PAF to have it done by someone at a computer with internet access. The camera is configured for time lapse photography, so it may take as long as three minutes before you will appear in the online image.


After you log your find of this webcam, be sure to remember to add your photo.


For more information about the history of the Virginia Central Railway and plans for its re-development as a public greenway, please go to Virginia Central Railway Trail.


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1 31 March 2012 cycleangela Found it

I hit the trails today with dudleygrunt to hit up the Southern MD CAM caches, and a few OCUS and terracaches. After doing the nearby BIT cache and grabbing some lunch, we made our way to this webcam. I guess I'm sort of a train nut myself, I always enjoy watching trains go by, sometimes stopping to watch. After some uncertainty if we'd be able to get the pictures from the smart phone, we were able to get a couple, one without us, and one with us. Thanks for bringing us here!
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1 31 March 2012 DudleyGrunt Found it

3186 / 77.  After having lunch at a nearby BITcache site, cycleangela and I drove over here.  After a little looking around and searching the right spot, we managed to get a pic.  You'd never recognize us, but I'll post a with and without picture for clarification.

Thanks for the history lesson and...

Happy Trails!

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Before (A Test Pic)
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After (Me and CycleAngela)
Da Bridge
Da Bridge

3 04 March 2012 Cachew Knutz Comment

Congratulations to kurtvh1 for being the First-To-Find this webcam!  And thanks for returning to get a new shot in the correct position.