In General
Getting Here
Fire & Police


In General

Location / Name:
Boyce VA, Clarke County
Berryville VA, Clarke County

What's Here:
Boyce: Former N&W Depot
Boyce: Home of the Railway Mail Service Library
Berryville: South end of a Passing Siding
Signals, Maybe

GPS Coordinates:  as needed
Phone A/C: 540
ZIP, Berryville: 22611
ZIP, Boyce: 22620

Access by train/transit:

The Scoop:

Tucked away in the north western part of Virginia are two small towns which offer the railfan a quick diversion if they are traveling through the area on US 340.  US 340 is used as a shortcut by many to get between I70 and I81 much more quickly than going through Hagerstown, IF you are coming from the Baltimore area - It's much more relaxing, and has oodles of stuff to stop off at and see, compared to the interstate route!  You pass right thru Harpers Ferry WV, and Brunwick MD is not far off the beaten path - both will keep you busy for hours as a railfan.  I don't know if he is still there or not, but somewhere along this route on US340 is a ham who has this huge antenna farm, definitely impressive, must work a lot of DX!

Boyce and Berryville are about 6 miles apart, and sit on a Norfolk Southern route between Hagerstown MD and Front Royal and Roanoke VA.

Boyce has a former N&W depot.  The depot is presently the home of the Railway Mail Service Library.

Berryville has a siding with signals, which were CPL's on a bracket post until 2012. 

In Berryville, the southern end of the siding was extended a little further south, and as a result, signal location 5, where the CPL signals used to be, was also moved southward to a new location on a cantilever bridge (location 4).  The takeoff for the siding was also moved, and now starts on the other side of Main St.

As far as remaining CPL signals go in the area, I stand corrected, as I have received reports that there are still a few other CPL locations at interlockings, such as Shenandoah Junction (nope, gone as of 2019), Charlestown, and Shepardstown!!  Thanks to Dan Cupper, Mike True, and Jon Roma for the info!  Mike also adds that many, if not most of the intermediate signals have been removed between Roanoke and Hagerstown, with signals mostly at the interlockings.  Although they are way out of this area, Jim Pickett also reports that there are still several N&W CPL's at the junction of the old (Twelve Pole) and new (Big Sandy) lines in Kenova WV, and, there are also two near Hanging Rock OH west of Ironton.  As of early 2020, all of this info needs verifying, and now, in 2023, the chances of them surviving are probably close to nil.

Interesting notes: Berryville was featured in a Wendy's commercial in 2011, and Train's writer George Hamlin wrote a piece on seeing Fedex vans on trains, and it featured a photo and start-off with a note about the Berryville siding.

Other noteworthy railroad things around these here parts:
-- the Winchester and Western Railroad operates between Winchester and Gore (to the west by about 11 miles)
-- the tunnels at Harper Ferry
-- CSX runs along the "valley" N/S along with I-81 and US11 out of Hagerstown
-- and your close to the central part of Maryland for lots of railfanning action, check my central MD pages at:

The picture above was taken by Glenn Anderson at the siding in Berryville, on July 5th, 2009.  The deadhead train was headed on it's way to Norfolk VA from Altoona to pick up executives for a one week tour of WV, VA, and OH.  Photo used with Glenn's permission... thanks!

Glenn Anderson
Dan Cupper
Mike True
Jon Roma
Jim Pickett
Google Maps
Trains magazine
Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
More of Glenn's great pictures at:
And this picture in particular for the details at: Where to go for searching the VT picture archives

Getting Here

There are a number of paths to take in getting here.  Despite the rural location, it's not too bad a trip to get here.

From the Baltimore area, or the I95 corridor that comes thru Baltimore, go around the 695 Beltway to I70 and head out on it to Frederick (you can only go one way on it, as I70 ends at the Beltway).  In Frederick, head south on US340 (exit 53).  US340 will take you through Harpers Ferry, and around Charlestown using the bypass they finished about 3 years ago.  Berryville is about 38 miles from Frederick.

From the west, coming in on I70, take I81 south in Hagerstown (exit 26), and take it down to the Winchester exit 315.  Then head east on VA7 (it's Berryville Pike in Winchester) for about 6 to 7 miles and that will put you in Berryville.  The CSX tracks in Winchester are a little over a mile going west from exit 315.  Berryville is about 41 miles from Hagerstown at the 81/70 junction.

From the south, on I81, again, take exit 315 and head east on VA7.  If you want to hit Boyce first, I would suggest you take exit 307, which puts you on VA277, and head east (a right at the top of the exit ramp).  In a few miles, at the Dinosaur place on your right, you will meet up with US340 and cross US522 (which, if you go north on long enough, will take you to the East Broad Top :-)


The above map in PDF format is here

Map of the area from Google.


  The Boyce Depot

GPS Coordinates: 39.090760, -78.058987
117 Main St, Boyce VA 22620-9369 Info on the depot Info on the organization

The depot sits at milepost H-46.1, and was completed in 1913.  The towns people were dissatisfied with the plans the Norfolk and Western presented to them, so they helped the railroad out, to build a bigger and better station, by giving he railroad additional money.  The size is roughly 142' x 26'.

The depot is presently the home of the Railway Mail Service Library.

Dr. Frank R. Scheer is the curator of the museum, and invites you to stop by.


  The Berryville Depot

Provided for historical reference since the depot and freight are both gone. Here are a couple of pictures I found while wandering thru the Virginia Tech's collection.


  NB/SB Colorlights at Old Chapel Ave - Boyce



This one is out in the middle of a field off Woodly, haven't had the time to go for a walk.  Can't tell from Google's aerial view if this signal is still with us or not - bad sun angle, and the trees are bigger.


This signal has been moved about a hundred yards west, and a new color light installation for WB's about a hundred yards away.  Never noticed the old N&W whistle post there before.

                Pix from 2010


  This aerial shot and maps are from Google maps.

  SB Colorlights

Located on a new cantilever bridge, these new signals are several hundred feet south/west of the CPL signals they replaced.

            May 2013

  SB CPL Signals

I passed thru town in May of 2013, and these signals are now GONE! :-(

The signals here were for SB traffic coming from Hagerstown, and control the interlocking point where the tracks go down to a single main.  They WERE the only N&W CPL's still left in the immediate area.  Replaced by the colorlights at location 4.


  This shot is from Google maps street view.

Boyce Grade Crossing at Millwood

The "no left turn" type lights are becoming rarer and rarer, just like the N&W CPL's.


Boyce Grade Crossing at Old Chapel

The same type of "no left turn" signal is at this crossing.


Fire & Police

  Berryville's "John H. Enders" Volunteer Fire Company


              May 2013


  Boyce Volunteer Fire Company

      May 2013

  Berryville Fire Museum

Located on Main Street, between US 340 and the railroad tracks, it will be on the right side after you go thru the first traffic light after turning onto Main St.
Thanks to the guys at the Enders Volunteer Fire Company for letting me know about it.



Berryville Siding Derail


Berryville Hits Primetime 1!

During the early part of summer 2011, Wendy's featured Berryville in a TV ad.  I wonder if the police patch and uniform are real?


Berryville Hits Primetime 2

As mentioned above, George Hamlin's post from Trains.

Boyce Water Tower & Historical Markers

      May 2013

Historical USGS Maps

Well, at least on the USGS's website, these dates are the earliest they have a 1:24,000 resolution map available.  Earlier maps can be had going back to the 1800's, but they will be part of either Winchester VA or Cumberland MD maps, at lower resolution.


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