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Todd's Railfan Guide to
DOSWELL VA
 

In General
Getting Here
Map
Sights
Pictures
Signals
Fire & Police
Floobydust
 

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In General

A rather busy little diamond, located in Doswell VA, north of Richmond VA.  Years ago, this served as a "suburban" junction between the RF&P and the C&O, both of whom had yards in Richmond.

I never get tired of stopping here on my way down to visit my daughter in Richmond, it's a great place to unwind :-)

Today, the Buckingham Branch RR maintains a few engines here to do local work, and they occupy the former RF&P/C&O station.  The folks from the BBR have always been pleasant, and years ago when I stopped at their HQ in Dillwyn VA, I found out that the owners daughter lived on the other side of the Light Rail tracks from where I currently live.  It's a small world.

Activity thru here is fair most of the time, although I imagine early in the week you can wait a while, but later in the day, say after 2pm or so, it's pretty active most days till about 6pm.  Amtrak has quite a few trains coming thru here, and the southbound Autotrain comes thru around 4:30pm.  I'm not sure of the frequency of trains on the C&O, but almost every time I have stopped here, I have caught a westbound freight..... Never caught a BBR freight working tho!

In February or March of 2007, CSX replaced a number of signals.  High signals at 3, 5, and 7a, along with the dwarf at 4 were replaced, and most of the old signals were laying on the ground when I came thru Easter week.  The signals at 7a were most further south to position 7... not convenient for photographing without putting yourself at risk.  Michael Watnoski and I stopped here in 2005 with the old signals still in place.

Doswell is located at milepost 111.8 on the C&O.   Back in the 1800's, the junction used to be known as Hanover Junction.

Commercial maps and pictures are from www.bing.com/maps, Google Maps, and aerial shots were "snagged" using Techsmith's Snagit, a great program!

A recently came across another page for Doswell, located here: http://www.piedmontsub.com/Doswell.shtml

As always, if you have something to add or correct, my email is here

The picture at the top of the page was taken from the VA30/Kings Dominion Blvd overpass, just slightly west of I-95, looking north across the diamond.  The distant cantilevered signal bridge is about 6000ft north of the C&O bracket post signals at the wye, and the 30 overpass is about 5000ft from the C&O signals.


Getting Here

Exit 98 off of I-95, it is the same exit you take if you were going to the Kings Dominion amusement park.

When you get off at the exit, go west (to the right if you were SB, left if you are coming up from Richmond).  VA30 will cross over the old RF&P mainline (which isn't too bad a spot for pictures), when VA30 comes to a "T" with US1, take a right.  Go north about a half mile or so to Doswell Road on your right.

One of the cheapest places around in a 3 state area for gas is just north of here at exit 104!

And while you're here, don't forget to stop at Ashland, about 10 miles to the south, for some nice railroading thru the middle of town!


Maps

  Google Maps

  Google Maps

  This shows the whole area from Richmond on up to Doswell/Bing

  The area around I-95 exit 98, Kings Dominion, and Doswell/Bing

  The immediate Dowell diamond area/Bing

  Doswell and Ashland/Bing


Sights

Buckingham Branch RR
The Depot
The Tower
The Grade Crossings
Doswell Volunteer Fire Station #4


    1       The Buckingham Branch RR

     

           

               Monday 12/20/2010


    2      The Depot

   


    3      The Tower

             


    4      The Grade Crossings

Crossing the RF&P

          Monday 10/14/2013

Crossing the C&O

            Monday 10/14/2013


Pictures

   

    Northbound Tropicana Train.

    Southbound Amtrak Autotrain.

    Southbound Tropicana Train.

  Looking east on the C&O, across the diamond and "towards" Richmond.

  Looking west on the C&O.

  Looking south across the diamond on the RF&P, towards Richmond.

    A couple of shots looking north on the RF&P, towards DC.

     Monday 10/14/2013


Fire and Police


   f4       Hanover County Fire Dept, Station 4, Doswell

I would like to thank PJ for showing me around!

This fire station is on the left side of US1 as you're headed north, between Kings Dominion Blvd and Doswell Rd.  They just got a new ambo, seen in the back of the station on the bottom row, middle picture.  The pictured tanker holds 2000 gallons, they also have one that carries 3000.  The stations in Hanover County are primarily paid stations, and Station 4 has about 17 volunteers to help out.  Station 4 is also on the dividing line between areas served by "city" water and not, hence the tanker trucks.

             

       

                Monday 10/14/2013


Signals

S1     S2     S2a     S3     S4     S5     S6     S7     S7a


   s1   

       

     
 2 aspect color light dwarf across from the 4 aspect signal.

         
Cast concrete milepost 22 with impressed numbers, adjacent to the 4 aspect signal.


   s2   

         

         The old RF&P signals and mast were still in place on my last visit.


   s2a   

   
Odd placement for a dwarf on a siding, one would think it would be placed to control the siding going back out onto the main, instead of for trains coming off the main going onto the siding!


   s3   

           

            The new signal.

      A westbound freight on the C&O, it left Richmond maybe 20 minutes earlier.

                  The old signal.


   s4   

          The new signal.        Monday 10/14/2013

           The old signal at this location.


   s5   


            The new signal.

        The old signal.


   s6   

 
The dwarf signal is about 50 feet south of a small private crossing, several hundred feet south of the diamond, and is a public road.

     
At the private crossing: an old crossing gate foundation, whistle sign just north of the crossing, looking north towards the diamond, and a freight on the C&O heading out of Richmond.  All six pix 20DEC2010


   s7   

       
The left two shots are from the Kings Dominion Blvd overpass looking north,
The right picture is looking south from the diamond.
These pictures were taken on 20DEC2010.


   s7a   

             

         
Old signals, removed in 2007, interlocking moved maybe 1000 feet or so south, and new signals placed there as seen in the left photo above at 7.


The Old Signals Part 1
I found these just laying around during an April 2007 trip to Atlanta,
Too bad it wasn't on a day the Signal Guys were around :-(

           

           

       


The Old Signals Part 2

On yet another trip to Atlanta to visit my daughter,
More signals had been recently removed, and one of the signal heads was missing its lenses.  20DEC2010

       
 


Floobydust


The Crossing Gate for the C&O Tracks and Doswell Rd.

         
   


A Few General Views

  The antique store.... Lotsa cool stuff!..... you gotta check it out, sometimes they have railroadiana.

           

 
Between Kings Dominion Blvd and Doswell Rd, by the firehouse, is this sign, anyone remember the NKP 759 trips around Baltimore back in the 70's?


doa2005-0607, dob2007-0414c, do2007-0414b, doc2005-1016atl1


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