Tucked away in the northern end 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.
Boyce and Berryville are about 6 miles apart.
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.
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.
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
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: https://railfanguides.us/md/central/index.htm.
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!
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 depot sits at milepost H-46.1, and was completed in 1913. The towns people were dissatisfied wit 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 only are a couple of pictures I found while wandering thru the Virginia Tech's collection.
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.
This one is out in the middle of a field off Woodly, haven't had the time to go for a walk.....
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.
I passed thru town in May of 2013, and these signals are now GONE! :-(
The signals at location 4, are 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.
Berryville's "John H. Enders" Volunteer Fire Company
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.
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