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Museum’s model railroad shows a world that never was

Posted on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 9:14 am

Most of the history in museums is devoted to the places where things happened. But step inside the Model Shop at the Reedville Fishermen’s Museum and you’ll see an exhibit devoted to something that didn’t.

First proposed in 1920, the Northern Neck Railroad was intended to be a link between Fredericksburg and the Northern Neck, moving both passengers and freight. The proposed tracks ran down the center of the Northern Neck before forking off to end at White Stone on one side and Reedville on the other. But the idea never caught on with investors and the Northern Neck Railroad never came to be.

That is until 1997, when George Frayne again proposed the idea of the Northern Neck Railroad winding through the region, except this time at 1/87th of the actual size.

Originally a temporary display, the model train ran during the holiday season beginning in November and ending in January. The first set of tracks laid featured a depot in Heathsville, complete with the distinctive courthouse and Rice’s Hotel/Hughlett’s Tavern as they would have appeared in the 1920s to the 1930s, when the railroad was planned.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northern Neck News 1/2/19

The intricate display depicts the Northern Neck Railroad.