First Railroad in Virginia – Midlothian, Virginia

The first railroad in Virginia’s railway went from the Mid-Lothian Mines  to the James River. Even long after it is gone, certain areas of Midlothian have remnants of it’s path, left behind for us to find.

Once I saw the sign for remnants of the first railroad in Virginia, normal Urban X or not, I had to check it out.

First Railroad in Virginia, Historic Marker S-30

The S-30 historic marker is located on Midlothian Turnpike, near Sturbridge Rd. There isn’t much of an obvious trail to locate where the old rail may have ran, but if you go tromping through the right part of the woods, you can find what appears to be the trains old path.

Follow the path along to the creek, and over either of the steep edges, you will find the old culvert.

3 responses to “First Railroad in Virginia – Midlothian, Virginia”

  1. Daniel says:

    This is one of the best remaining sites of this railroad. It looked a lot better in the 80s when I first saw it. Now a bunch of stones have been pushed off by the local neighborhood punks.

  2. ryan says:

    I have looked and have not found it how exactly do u get to it

    • admin says:

      There are a couple of ways to access. The easiest for finding parking is probably the neighborhood down and to the right from the marker on the map in the post (south east). There are small trail ways into the woods which will lead up the small incline to where the tracks used to be. Follow the long clear path and you should see the creek below, which goes through the culvert.

      The second way is from the back of Sunrise Apartments, which is down and to the left (south west) of the marker. Sunrise has a trail next to the playground which leads back to a pool in the creek, which flows through the culvert

      Let us know if you need more specifics – and feel free to share any cool photos or finds.