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Washington DC....  With all of the "other" stuff DC has to offer, it isn't a town you would normally associate with a lot of railfanning, but in truth, there is much to cover.... quite possibly enough to keep one busy for a number of days.

If you throw in the non-railroad sites that DC has to offer, you may never escape :-)

The locator map below shows what I would like to do for the area, time permitting.

The maps for the Washington DC area are as follows, as you can see, a lot of work still needs to be done!

Index & General Info Page - You are here
Map 1 - Washington's Union Station
Map 2 - Ivy City Yard
Map 3 - JD Tower and Alexandria Junction in Hyattsville MD
Map 4 - South and over the Potomac
Map 5 - East
Map 6 - Northeast - the NEC south from Bowie to New Carrollton
Map 7 - Northeast / CSX
Map 8 - North Northeast / CSX
Map 9 - North
Map 10 - Northwest - CSX & Metro

Other Guides for the area:
WMATA's Metro system Railfan Guide
      the dcstreetcar
     the National Capitol Trolley Museum

     Annapolis Junction MD
     Alexandria and NOVA (Northern Virginia)
     Gaithersburg MD
     Laurel MD
     Lorton VA and the Autotrain
     Manassas VA
Odenton MD - the NEC from Odenton south to Bowie

Please, if you have anything to contribute: pictures, comments, favorite spots to eat of hang out for pictures, or if you know something others may not, please send it to me at
toddgp30@yahoo.comGathering information and pictures for a map can take days, a detailed map can take as much as 12 hours, and then putting it all together on a webpage can take another 4 to 8 hours.  So please help me out to make YOUR railfanning experience better!  My wife will thank you too so I can work on repair jobs around here :-)

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