Virginia & Maryland Railway, of the late '70s

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Teutobergerwald
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Virginia & Maryland Railway, of the late '70s

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Anybody have any info on the trackage and customer base of the short-lived Virginia & Maryland Railway back in the late '70s? I believe their locomotive roster was comprised of former LIRR Alco C420s, which had been returned coming off-lease to their lessor in late '76 and early '77. Thanks.
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Re: Virginia & Maryland Railway, of the late '70s

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I believe that the Virginia & Maryland Railway inherited some trackage in Little Creek, Virginia, near Norfolk, when they bought the line from Conrail in the '70s. Little Creek was the end point for the car ferry route originating in Cape Charles that stayed in business into the 2000s. I've seen photos of one of the V&M's Alco C420s hauling scrap filled gondolas so maybe there was a metal processing plant nearby? I know that there was a cement plant in Cape Charles that may have been one of the last main customers of the Bay Coast Railway before it shut down in 2018. As an interesting fact, I believe that former Virginia & Maryland Railway Alco C420 High Hood #200 survives on the Livonia Avon & Lakeville Railroad as their #420.

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Nick Jobe
Centreville, VA
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Re: Virginia & Maryland Railway, of the late '70s

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I read somewhere else on this website that one of the V&M's Alco C420s, #210, was deep-sixed whilst switching the floatbridge, but I don't recall on which side, Cape Charles or Little Creek, and was later scrapped. I believe #213 survives to this day, on the Dakota Southern.
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Re: Virginia & Maryland Railway, of the late '70s

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You're right about one of the locos sinking and subsequently being scrapped, although, I believe it was #203, originally Long Island Railroad #210 instead. It fell off a barge and was scrapped soon after it was recovered. The recovery effort would have definitely been something I would've payed to see! Little Billie's out on his boat and he sees a crane "fishing". Suddenly out of the depths pops a locomotive! On another note, it appears Dakota Southern #213 is down with a prime mover issue, but I don't believe it's going anywhere. Livonia Avon & Lakeville #420 on the other hand appears to be operable and in good condition.

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Nick Jobe
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Re: Virginia & Maryland Railway, of the late '70s

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The 200's original 1963 as-delivered gray & orange livery is peeking through the post-1968 blue & yellow. She is doing quite well in upstate NY, wearing beautiful black & gold LA&L livery, and exquisitely maintained.
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