RAILFAN GUIDES of the U.S.
Todd's Railfan Guide to
Milford Virginia is a place you're not likely to stop at for any particular reason. It is off of VA207, which extends the US301 route from Baltimore to Richmond, bypassing DC. Many years ago, it use3d to be faster to take US301 to get around DC, but with the growth in the past 20 years, it takes about 4 hours to get from Baltimore to Richmond via 301. US301 splits away from VA207 a mile or so north of here in Bowling Green.
The VA207 bridge over the CSX is a pretty good spot to take pictures from, however, you are smack dab in the middle of two signal bridges, so you can't see either of them.
The above capture is from http://www.railsinvirginia.com/guides/rf&p_subdivision.pdf
The above Snag is from http://www.trainweb.org/varail/csxrfp.html, click on the link for much more info!
Here are some other sources of info I have come across
for further reading:
http://www.railwaymailservicelibrary.org/aftower/aftower.htm excellent vintage photos of AF Tower & Interlocking
http://www.dcnrhs.org/learn/railfan-hotspots DC Railfan spots
http://www.botecomm.com/bote/rail/railfan_natcap.html More DC railfanning
http://railfanlocations.tripod.com/arlington-va.html NOVA Railfanning
http://www.frograil.com/tours/csx/WashingtonRichmond.php Text only guide DC-Richmond
Aerial shots were taken from either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted, once in a great while maybe MapQuest. The screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!
From the I-95 corridor, either NB or SB, jump off at exit 104, and head north. Exit 104 also has some of the cheapest gas around in case you are in need.
From Fredericksburg , you can also come down VA2 into Bowling Green, and then hop onto VA207.
From Maryland, the alternate way to come down is via I-97 to US301.....
BTW, there are more gas stations here than what is shown on the map.
Unless otherwise noted, pictures taken by myself on Sunday June 23rd, 2013
1 ex RF&P "MD" Tower
2 Misc Buildings
The building on the left fer sure was a railroad building. Can't say for sure about the other one... maybe?
1 SB Set - MD Interlocking "A"
2 NB Set - MD Interlocking "B"
3 Siding Signal
Looking down on the south side of the VA207 overpass, you will see this dwarf colorlight signal. It controls movements from the sidings shown in the middle picture, onto the siding beyond the crossover seen in the right picture.
CAUTION: If you are taking pictures from either of the two bridges, you need to be careful of an over active FBI guy that lives in Milford (he has Rescue Squad license plates on his white Honda SUV). He may stop and ask you if you need any help, to which I replied Nope, I'm good, thank you for asking tho. We got into a dialog after he took down my license plate number, where he got indignant because I was somehow supposed to know that that was HIS way of asking what are you doing? Silly me, like I'm supposed to be a mind reader. While I was taking pictures from the 207 overpass, a local cop or sheriff in an unmarked Tahoe kind of vehicle stopped and asked what I was doing, and I told him straight-up. If our federal gendarme had asked the same question... well, he knows he would have gotten a straight answer too, and then he wants to be POed at me! The FBI guy assured me he knew about railfans, and told me that he has never seen any here, so I guess that makes it the wrong thing to do in Milford cause no-one has ever done it there before.... Personally, I don't think he knows two hoots about us. I wonder how they treat the active Muslim terrorist training camp guys located not too far from Doswell (the place they buried the Boston Bomber cause no-one else wanted him?)? Oh well, so much for my soap box....
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page. This is something I have fun with while trying to help others. My webpages are an attempt at putting everything I can find of the subject in one convenient place. There are plenty of other good websites to help me in this effort, and they are listed in the links section on my indexa page, or as needed on individual pages. Please do not write to me about something that may be incorrect, and then hound the heck out of me if I do not respond to you in the manner you would like. I operate on the "Golden Rule Principle", and if you are not familiar with it, please acquaint yourself with how to treat people by reading Mathew 7:12 (among others, the principle exists in almost every religion). If you contact me (like some do, hi Paul) and try to make it a "non-fun" thing and start with the name calling, your name will go into my spambox list! :-)
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names. Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations. I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area. Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature. While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!!
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a
thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only
get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented. Take
along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still
better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts
out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their
state maps do not have the railroads on them. If you can find em,
I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and
concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where
tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.
Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here
Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.
Last Modified 13-May-2014