Travel to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2001, and visit two hot-spot locations north of Richmond along the CSX at Doswell and Ashland. This is the former Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac double-track line from the Washington D.C. area southward.
Ashland is a quaint town 15 miles north of Richmond, that features several older buildings and a passenger depot. The most outstanding feature is that the mainline goes right through the middle of the town and the streets are right next to the railroad providing some great views.
A few miles north of Ashland is Doswell Virginia, where the former RF&P crosses the former Chesapeake & Ohio's Piedmont Subdivision at a diamond, which is guarded by an abandoned brick tower, and former passenger depot. A small CSX yard hosts freight power and interchange traffic with the east-west former C&0 line to Charlottesville.
During daylight hours we will witness about 25 trains a day. In addition to CSX freights there are many Amtrak trains headed to Florida, Richmond, and Newport News from Washington and points north. There are fast moving Amtrak Trains at Doswell, and some passenger trains arriving and departing at Ashland. We are also treated to some special trains such as Amtrak's Autotrain, and the Tropicana Juice Train, plus other interesting freights.
There is plenty to enjoy with street running in Ashland to trains crossing the diamond in Doswell.
Virginia Rails provides multiple hot-spot locations with more than 2 days of coverage. The action is nonstop on one of the busiest rail routes in Virginia!
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