In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Petersburg VA, Chesterfield County

What's Here:
CSX's Collier Yard
NS's Petersburg Yard (Poe Car Lot)
Interchange between CSX's A-Line and the NS Belt Line
NS wye between the downtown N&W line, Poe Yard, and the Belt Line.

GPS Coordinates: as needed
ZIP: 23805
Phone A/C: 804

Access by train/transit:
Amtrak up in Ettrick, and then by cab if you don't have a ride.

The Scoop:

The main attraction to the south side of Petersburg is CSX's Collier Yard.  I'm surprised, with Acca Yard only 20 miles away in Richmond, that Collier Yard has remained as large as it is.

NS has a smaller presence, having a small auto unload yard in the Poe area, referred to on Open Railway's map as the Poe Car Yard.

Here, as in Richmond, CSX is pretty much a north-south railroad, and NS is an east-west railroad.

Amtrak comes thru on CSX.

The NS wye I refer to above, is about 2 miles south of the I-95/I-85 junction off to the east.

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Getting Here

To Collier Yard:

I-95 to I-85 SB, get off at exit 65, Squirrel Level Rd, head south.  This will turn into Wells Rd, which turns in to Halifax Rd, which runs parallel to the yard.

The NS's Petersburg Yard:

I-95 exit 48, US460, and go east.  460/Wagner Rd will go over the yard.  I dunno if I would try to head into the yard area, as this is a automobile unloading yard, and I'm sure security is worse here than regular NS yards, which is already pretty tough on railfans.



  CSX's Collier Yard

  NS's Petersburg Yard (Poe Car Lot Yard)

  NS-CSX Interchange

Before and after aerial views of the interchange.  Again, we can thank Bing for not updating their pictures as quickly as Google.

  NS Wye

As seen from I-95


  SB Colorlights on Cantilever Bridge

A recent installation, as they do not show up in the Bing birds-eye view.  A nice concrete whistle sign is also here.

      Looking north towards Ettrick.

Just missed the front end of the SB freight :-(

  NB colorlights on a cantilever bridge

The other set of signals in the above pictures.

  Colorlight signals

At the northern throat of the yard.
These also look like new signals (at least the ones on the cantilever bridge are), as they also do not appear in a couple of the aerial views from Bing.
The single set of signals is at location "A", and the cantilever bridge is at "B".


 CSX and Hallifax Rd over Defense Rd

A well maintained brick bridge handling both the CSX and Hallifax Rd.

  Looking West.

  Looking East.

 CSX over the Norfolk Southern

Just north of Collier Yard - a short span, but still needs mid-bridge supports.  The bridge used to carry three tracks.


None for now.....


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