Friends, one of the questions that I’ve asked myself over the years is why I and many others build models. A few years ago it occurred to me that, as a research psychologist, I know how to go about answering that question. If you’d be willing to help me out, I have a survey online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DNX3QKB. If you, too are a model builder and could spare about 30 minutes to complete the survey, I’d really appreciate it.
C&O Milepost 87.9
Station Number: 88
Code Number: 0130
Highland Park is a neighborhood on the North Side of Richmond, located on the highlands bounded by Bacon’s Quarter Branch to the south and Shockoe Creek to the east. Development of the area began in the late 1880’s and Highland Park was one of Richmond’s first streetcar suburbs. In discussing Richmond’s street car lines, Chesterman’s 1890 Guide to Richmond and the Battle-fields reports, “The lovely hills north and west of the city are covered with villas, and Barton’s Heights, Chestnut Hill, Highland Park, River View, and Forest Hill Park have sprung into existence as considerable communities. Most of these localities...are reached by the street-cars (fare five cents)...”
I suspect that the Highland Park station was primarily a commuter stop. According to McChord (1978) it was originally known as Brookland. The earliest mention I can find is a 1916 public timetable. Highland Park was also listed as a station on the 1934 List of Officers, Agents, Stations, Etc. The C&O was permitted to abandon the station and discontinue stopping trains here on January 1, 1934. The shelter was retired in November of the same year.
According to the 1937 Side Track Record, there were two sidings in Highland Park. One, track number 816, was located just before milepost 88, and was a 1014' loading track owned by the C&O. This track was retired in January of 1962. The other track, number 817, waslocated about midway between mileposts 88 and 89, was a 794' siding owned by the American Paper Company. It was retired in 1984.
This map was prepared from U.S.G.S. topological maps, C&O track charts dated 1963, C&O Side Track Records dated 1937, a copy of the Side Track Records updated through the 1990’s, and C&O Valuation maps, also updated through the 1990’s.
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