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Dahlgren Railroad

The Dalgren Railroad was built by the U.S. Navy in 1942 to transport castings from the Washington Navy Yard in Washington D.C. to the weapons testing facility at Dahlgren.  It was constructed to enable year-round transport, since freezing of the Potomac River hindered winter barge traffic. The line extended from Dahlgren Junction with the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac (RF&P) Railroad, now the CSX, to the Dahlgren Naval Support Facility.  The line was operated by the Navy from 1942 to 1957.  It sat unused for many years until it was sold in 1965.  The western portion of the line remains as an operating track, while the eastern portion has been made into the Dahlgren Heritage Trail.


Current view of Dahlgren Junction

Current operating section of the Dahlgren line


Existing brick warehouse building at Dahlgren Junction

Existing West Trailhead of Dahlgren Heritage Trail - Remnants of rail and turnout for passing track remain


Box Car at West Trailhead

Caboose at West Trailhead


Caboose located at the entrance to the Dahlgren Heritage Trail

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