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Chickahominy

C&O Milepost 90.1


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Station Number: 90
Code Number: 0134

The Chickahominy stop, previously known as Hunslett (McChord, 1978), was named for the river that the C&O crossed with three separate bridges just north of here. The river, in turn, took its name from a local Indian tribe. As I understand it, Chickahominy was primarily a commuter stop and remained a flag stop on public timetables into the early 1960’s.

According to the 1937 Side Track Record, the C&O had a 3369' passing track (track number 818) in Chickahominy. There was also a 225' team track (track number 819). Gleb Taran writes, “...the 225 team track (track 819) no doubt serviced the dairy farm operation that was located in the wedge formed between Richmond-Henrico Turnpike (Meadowbridge Road) and the C&O. The west side of the dairy barn was about 30 feet from Meadowbridge Road and paralleled the road. The north side of the barn abutted what would have been the team track (track 819). The ruins of the dairy barn were still visible as late as 1980. The stock pens around the dairy barn were still visible in the 1960s. This entire farm site has been converted to parking for the Richmond International Raceway (RIR) at Strawberry Hill within the last 20 years.” Tracks 818 and 819 were retired in December, 1942. The company petitioned the Virginia State Corporation Commission for authority to discontinue Chickahominy as a freight station in late 1956. At the time, C&O facilities in Chickahominy consisted of a small shelter shed. It was retired in 1962.

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This passenger shelter stood in Chickahominy. Locals stopped here to take passengers into Richmond. Once common across the C&O, this little shelter was an anachronism even in 1948. The photo was taken around 1958. The shelter and platform were retired by the C&O in May of 1962. (Photo by Mrs. Vera Pate. From the collection of Thomas W. Dixon, Jr. Used with permission.)

The passenger shelter stood beyond the right front edge in this photo. In the 1940’s the road wasn’t quite so nice or so busy as it is today. (2002 photo by Stephen Willard. Submitted by Charles Willard. Used with permission.)

Maps


This map was prepared from U.S.G.S. topological maps, C&O track charts dated 1963, C&O Side Track Records dated 1937, a copy of the Side Track Records updated through the 1990’s, and C&O Valuation maps, also updated through the 1990’s.

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