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Todd's Railfan Guide to
BOYCE and BERRYVILLE VA
 

In General
Getting Here
Map
Sights
Signals
Fire & Police
Floobydust
 

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In General

Tucked away in the northern end of the state are two small towns, which offer the railfan a quick diversion if they are travelling through the area on US 340.   US 340 is used as a shortcut by the locals to get between I70 and I81 much more quickly than going through Hagerstown.  Boyce and Berryville are about 6 miles apart.

Boyce has a depot and Berryville had a couple of CPL signals on a bracket postI stand corrected, as I have received reports that there are still a few other CPL locations at interlockings, such as Shenandoah Junction, Charlestown, and Shepardstown!!  Thanks to Dan Cupper, Mike True, and Jon Roma for the info!  Mike also adds that many, if not most of the intermediate signals have been removed between Roanoke and Hagerstown, with signals mostly at the interlockings.  Although they are way out of this area, Jim Pickett also reports that there are still several N&W CPL's at the junction of the old (Twelve Pole) and new (Big Sandy) lines in Kenova WV, AND, there are also two near Hanging Rock OH west of Ironton.

Other noteworthy railroad things around these here parts:
-- the Winchester and Western Railroad operates between Winchester and Gore (to the west by about 11 miles)
-- the tunnels at Harper Ferry
-- CSX runs along the "valley" N/S along with I-81 and US11 out of Hagerstown
-- and your close to the central part of Maryland for lots of railfanning action, check my central MD pages at:
Click here for the guide and index page to the central Maryland area.

The picture above was taken by Glenn Anderson at the siding in Berryville, on July 5th, 2009.  The deadhead train was headed on it's way to Norfolk VA from Altoona to pick up executives for a one week tour of WV, VA, and OH.  Photo used with Mr. Anderson's permission... thanks!
More of his great pictures at: http://www.railpictures.net/showphotos.php?userid=12360
And this picture in particular for the details at: http://www.railpictures.net/viewphoto.php?id=291925&nseq=6


Getting Here

There are a number of paths to take in getting here.  Despite the rural location, it's not too bad a trip to get here.

From the Baltimore area, or the I95 corridor that comes thru Baltimore, go around the 695 Beltway to I70 and head out on it to Frederick (you can only go one way on it, as I70 ends at the Beltway).  In Frederick, head south on US340 (exit 53).  US340 will take you through Harpers Ferry, and around Charlestown using the bypass they finished about 3 years ago.  Berryville is about 38 miles from Frederick.

From the west, coming in on I70, take I81 south in Hagerstown (exit 26), and take it down to the Winchester exit 315.  Then head east on VA7 (it's Berryville Pike in Winchester) for about 6 to 7 miles and that will put you in Berryville.  The CSX tracks in Winchester are a little over a mile going west from exit 315.  Berryville is about 41 miles from Hagerstown at the 81/70 junction. 

From the south, on I81, again, take exit 315 and head east on VA7.  If you want to hit Boyce first, I would suggest you take exit 307, which puts you on VA277, and head east (a right at the top of the exit ramp).  In a few miles, at the Dinosaur place on your right, you will meet up with US340 and cross US522 (which, if you go north on long enough, will take you to the East Broad Top :-)


Map


Above map in PDF format here


Map of the area from Google.


Sights


   The Boyce Depot

The depot sits at milepost H-46.1, and was completed in 1913.  The towns people were dissatisfied wit the plans the Norfolk and Western presented to them, so they helped the railroad out to a bigger and better station, by giving he railroad additional money.  The size is roughly 142' x 26'.  The depot is presently the home of the Railway Mail Service Library.  For more info, go to: http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/boyce/boyce.htm

                       




 

 


   The Berryville Depot

Provided for historical reference only are a couple of pictures I found while wandering thru the Virginia Tech's collection.





 


Signals


 

               


Boyce Grade Crossing at Millwood

     
The "no left turn" type lights are becoming rarer and rarer, just like the N&W CPL's.

Boyce Grade Crossing at Old Chapel

         
The same type of "no left turn" signal is at this crossing.


 

This one is out in the middle of a field off Woodly, haven't had the time to go for a walk.....


 

This signal has been moved about a hundred yards west, and a new color light installation for WB's about a hundred yards away.  Never noticed the old N&W whistle post there before.

                Pix from 2010

            May 2013

   

  This aerial shot and maps are from Google maps.


 

I blew thru town in May of 2013, and these signals are now GONE! :-(

The signals at location 4, are for SB  traffic coming from Hagerstown, and control the interlocking point where the tracks go down to a single main.  They WERE the only N&W CPL's still left in the immediate area.

                 

   This shot is from Google maps street view.



Fire & Police


   Berryville's "John H. Enders" Volunteer Fire Company

    2010

              May 2013

         


   Boyce Volunteer Fire Company

      May 2013


   Berryville Fire Museum

Located on Main Street, between US 340 and the railroad tracks, it will be on the right side after you go thru the first traffic light after turning onto Main St.
Thanks to the guys at the Enders Volunteer Fire Company for letting me know about it.

   


Floobydust


Berryville Siding Derail

            2010


Berryville Hits Primetime!!

During the early part of summer 2011, Wendy's featured Berryville in a TV ad.  I wonder if the police patch and uniform are real?

   


Boyce Water Tower & Historical Markers

      May 2013


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