Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge

The bridge circa 1871

Bridge that carried the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad and several later railroads including the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad over the James River in Richmond, Virginia.

- Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge
The bridge circa 1871

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The Proposed Richmond and Petersburg Railroad with the Chesterfield Railroad bringing coal in from Western Chesterfield. The "coal mines" post office was established in November 1811 with a name change to "Black Heath" post office in 1851 after coal was discovered in other parts of the county to the south.

Richmond and Petersburg Railroad

The Richmond and Petersburg Railroad moved passengers and goods between Richmond and Petersburg from 1838 to 1898.

The Richmond and Petersburg Railroad moved passengers and goods between Richmond and Petersburg from 1838 to 1898.

The Proposed Richmond and Petersburg Railroad with the Chesterfield Railroad bringing coal in from Western Chesterfield. The "coal mines" post office was established in November 1811 with a name change to "Black Heath" post office in 1851 after coal was discovered in other parts of the county to the south.
In 1848, the Chesterfield Railroad is no longer shown and the Clover hill is shown connecting to coal mines, the Clover Hill Pits.
Richmond & Petersburg locomotive destroyed in the fall of Richmond, April 1865
Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge after it was destroyed by Confederate Troops.
Map from 1891 showing the stops on the Stops on the Richmond and Petersburg.
Former Centralia Station of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad
1862 Map Showing the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad with the connection to the Clover Hill and other Railroads.

The Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge across the river, connecting to Richmond, would be built after the rail line was completed.

Manchester, Richmond, Virginia

Former independent city in Virginia in the United States.

Former independent city in Virginia in the United States.

After two years, Fort Charles was relocated to the south side, to the high ground above the later Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Bridge, on a tract owned by Capt. Thomas Harris.

Brown's Island

Artificial continental island on the James River in Richmond, Virginia, formed by the Haxall Canal.

Artificial continental island on the James River in Richmond, Virginia, formed by the Haxall Canal.

Visible from the island is the Belle Isle, the Manchester Bridge, and the ruins of the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge.

North End Subdivision's arch bridge over the James River near Richmond in 1985

North End Subdivision

Railroad line owned by CSX Transportation in Virginia and North Carolina.

Railroad line owned by CSX Transportation in Virginia and North Carolina.

North End Subdivision's arch bridge over the James River near Richmond in 1985
CSX Train coming north onto the North End Subdivision at Rocky Mount station.
ACL Whopper Hopper on display at Rocky Mount Amtrak station.

After the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad was completed, the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad Bridge was built over the James River (which was located just west of the present-day Manchester Bridge).