Milford Virginia is a place you're not likely to stop
at for any particular reason. It is off of VA207, which extends the
US301 route from Baltimore to Richmond, bypassing DC. Many years ago,
it use3d to be faster to take US301 to get around DC, but with the growth in
the past 20 years, it takes about 4 hours to get from Baltimore to Richmond
via 301. US301 splits away from VA207 a mile or so north of here in
The VA207 bridge over the CSX is a pretty good spot to
take pictures from, however, you are smack dab in the middle of two signal
bridges, so you can't see either of them.
Looking down on the south side of the VA207 overpass,
you will see this dwarf colorlight signal. It controls movements from
the sidings shown in the middle picture, onto the siding beyond the
crossover seen in the right picture. Pictures from the VA207 overpass
CAUTION: If you are taking pictures from either of the two
bridges, you need to be careful of an over active FBI guy that lives in
Milford (he has Rescue Squad license plates on his white Honda SUV). He
may stop and ask you if you need any help, to which I replied
Nope, I'm good, thank you for asking tho.
We got into a dialog after he took down my license plate number, where he
got indignant because I was somehow supposed to know that that was HIS way
of asking what are you doing?
Silly me, like I'm supposed to be a mind reader. While I was taking
pictures from the 207 overpass, a local cop or sheriff in an unmarked Tahoe
kind of vehicle stopped and asked what I was doing, and I told him
straight-up. If our federal gendarme had asked the same question...
well, he knows he would have gotten a straight answer too, and then he wants
to be POed at me! The FBI guy assured me he knew about railfans, and
told me that he has never seen any here, so I guess that makes it the wrong
thing to do in Milford cause no-one has ever done it there before....
Personally, I don't think he knows two hoots about us. I wonder how
they treat the active Muslim terrorist training camp guys located not too
far from Doswell (the place they buried the Boston Bomber cause no-one else
wanted him?)? Oh well, so much for my soap box....
This is the guy to watch out for.....
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page. This is something I have fun with while
trying to help others.
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.
For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my
indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented
I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while,
an error may creep in :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or
disoriented. Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the
railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job
of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!
By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous
and/or other stuff.
Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit
is always given! Please be NICE!!! Contact info is here
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