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    Default Hampton & Langley Field Railway

    Went out and looked for the remains of the H&LF RR. The 3 mile long line was built in 1917, to served the Langley Field Air Force Base. This was an Electric line that ran from the base, to the C&O main line in Hampton, Va. They had two electric motors, the 12, and the 200, were sold to the Hagerstown & Frederick Rwy in 1945. After these units were sold, the got a few modern Diesel Switchers to handle work on base.

    QMC 20T Whitcomb 2024 (later USA 7656)
    QMC 60T GE 6043 (later USA 7502)
    USA 65T GE 7189 (later to Duffy, and then FMC at Front Royal, VA)


    Not much remains of the line. Anyone with information on this small operation please post.

    Shown in this shot, the remains of the H&LF bridge leading into the base can be seen. This bridge caught fire and burned. Not much remains.


    This was found at the H&LF / C&O interchange site. This may be a RR related building.


    To the right is the C&O, while on the left is where the H&LF interchange was located.


    In this shot, taken on the C&O main, you can see a lone switch stand. This is approximently where the switch to the H&LF would have been.


    The switch stand said it was made in 1955


    These ties from a switch were found laying near the H&LF interchange. the rail you see was a light weight piece, which lead me to belive it's from the H&LF.



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    Default RE: Hampton & Langley Field Railway

    Nothing to add for history, but wanted to thank you for the nice series. RR archeology is fascinating, especially seeing actual artifacts, such as the switchstand and light weight rails.

    I Do have this to add, which is related to your post:

    Hagerstown & Frederick motor #12......

    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...inthegrass.jpg

    Could be uploaded if anyone is interested.

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    Default RE: Hampton & Langley Field Railway

    I don't know anything about the history, but here's a link to a couple of photos:
    http://donsdepot.donrossgroup.net/dr350.htm

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    Default RE: Hampton & Langley Field Railway

    Thanks for the link to those shots! From what i've been told, the depot that the shot of the 200 was taken from, has been torn down, plus we didn't see it today :P

    Wow! Nice work on the H&F # 12. Please upload that! I'd love to add her to my collection.

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    The Daily Press has a decent photo of the H & F streetcar, available online. still searching for anything else I can find about the H & F and other area rail lines.

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