DC Rail History
Major Railroads Serving Washington, DC in 1950
Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area is steeped in railroad history. The first railroad came to town before the Civil War when the Baltimore & Ohio arrived. There are literally hundreds of volumes information on the rich and storied history of railroading in this area. Our library is a focal point for our Chapter’s information on Washington D.C. area railroads. We have also compiled some information here that is of general interest.
We welcome contributions of information and pictures to this section.
The year is 1925. Can you name all the bridges across the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers which are within the confines of the District of
Baltimore & Ohio (now CSX) Cheseapeake & Ohio [via Southern trackage rights] (now CSX) Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac (now CSX) Southern Railway (now NS) Washington and
C&O at First Street Tunnel – Amtrak was about a year old when this picture of Train No. 50, the eastbound James Whitcomb Riley, was taken as it was to enter the First Street Tunnel at the south end of Washington Union Station. The train had originated the day before in Chicago and unlike today’s successor train 50, The Cardinal, it ran daily.
The power is C&O E8-A No. 1471 (the former C&O 4026), an old hand at bringing C&O route passenger trains into Washington from the south and midwest.