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  1. Does anyone know about the Eclectic Electric Museum? Is it still available to schedule an appointment to see it? And how does one do that? I had never even heard about it until yesterday and there is very little online about contact info. Thanks!
  2. So trains will run on both sides of the James from Richmond to Hampton Roads.....I guess the only question is, when? http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/business/transportation/article/B-VDOT18_20100217-215203/325042/
  3. No, Broad Street Station being used is fantasy world talk, but it would be neat in my opinion. Here's some pictures of the Hull Street Station renovation by the Old Dominion Chapter of the NRHS: http://www.odcnrhs.org/Museumproject.htm My reservations about MSS for High Speed Rail are that trains will have to go through Acca. Now, I believe I read recently that a bypass would be built for passenger traffic through Acca, is that correct? I'd love to see MSS used like they want to, but I'm not sold yet. I'm intrigued about the new station at Parham Road.
  4. Sadly, the best option may be to use Broad Street Station. In an ideal world....or maybe a fantasy world, could the Science Museum and a train depot occupy the same building? Granted, even in this fantasy world I speak of, the rail loop that made Broad Street Station so accessible for ACL and RF&P trains would have to be reconstructed. In reality, a new rail station at Staples Mill seems to be the most logical.
  5. Walmart seeks to open in urban markets, http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8a5ffa1e-c728-11de-bb6f-00144feab49a.html Love it or hate it, Walmart attracts customers, sometimes at the expense of "mom & pop" stores, but not all the time. Living a stone's throw from the Mechanicsville Walmart, I can attest that the place is always busy. If Walmart ever decided to open in Richmond (I know there's one at Forest Hill & Chippenham, but I'm talking non-annexed areas) I could see it occupying the old Sears building on Broad Street (I don't know what's in that building now). But parking would be an issue, and Lowe's & Kroger have built suburban type stores in the vicinity already.
  6. Hampton Roads leaders come together to get high speed rail from Richmond Main Street Station to Norfolk using the Norfolk Southern tracks from Petersburg to Norfolk. Here's the article from the Pilot online, http://hamptonroads.com/2009/10/leaders-agree-push-highspeed-rail-norfolk I wonder, will this put importance, more importance or no importance on a station at Petersburg? If I read the SEHSR documentation correctly, they are going to use the A-Line from Centralia to Collier Yard in Petersburg, aiming for a new station at Ettrick instead of coming downtown to use Petersburg's Union Station....which, if true, is a shame, but logical. However, if a high speed train is going to branch off and head to Norfolk, what does that mean for routing? Is there a CSX, NS interchange at Collier Yard? Or could they rebuild the tracks at Dunlop in Colonial Heights and come into Downtown Petersburg to access NS tracks? At the same time, the leaders of our eastern neighbors aim to improve service along the already Richmond-Newport News route. Maybe that means more service to and from Richmond? Richmond leaders should push for a rail stop at Richmond International Airport as part of any improvements to that Peninsula line.
  7. Just read on the T-D's website that Harvey Hudson, who was a Richmond institution on radio, has passed away at the age of 88. He was also prominent on the PBS documentary, "Richmond Memories". http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/news/local/article/HHOBGAT01_20091101-143802/303016/
  8. well, I know they've got one set to go over VA-895 for the interchange. It also looks as if they may have one go over Charles City Road, but I'm not sure.
  9. Why has there been a giant "X" flashing at the beginning (or end) of the runway closest to US 60? Or is that always there?
  10. Sonic Drive-In is commencing construction of a new location on Mechanicsville Turnpike across the road from Victory Nissan. They will tear down the former Bill's Barbecue (Mattress Discounters) building, no word on when they are scheduled to open. I think this will be Sonic's fifth location in the Richmond area in the last three years, with the most recent one opening at Washington Highway and Sliding Hill Road just north of the Henrico/Hanover line. The added benefit to this new location is it's proximity to Lee-Davis High School, and my neighborhood. Here's hoping Bojangles' opens a Mechanicsville store.
  11. Burt, you were in the TJ Cadet Corps? My grandfather was in the John Marshal Cadet Corps (graduated in 1936 maybe '37). But my dad (graduated in 1969) was in the Thomas Jefferson Cadet Corps. My dad is currently in the TJ Cadet Corps Alumni Band, they practice every Tuesday night, usually at TJ in the band room. I recall the name Moore's Lake, I'm curious if it was just north of the 10 & 1 intersection? I remember the remains of a wayside park area across US 1 from an old motor lodge. When the Petersburg line ended, VEPCO still ran a car to Dupont. Which is why GRTC has always had a bus going there, the streetcar building still stands at the entrance.
  12. Cadeho, I was going through the old Richmond newspapers on the Library of Congress' website (Chronicling America) and I searched the term "turnpike" and it came up with some interesting articles. One of the papers, and forgive me I don't remember the date, had a fairly lengthy article about the origins of the names of the streets in Richmond. Then there was another article about a bill in General Assembly to revoke the charter for the Mechanicsville Turnpike Corporation. All good stuff. You may be familiar with that site, but if you have yet to check it out, it may help in your work. I found it very useful in researching family history as well.
  13. I'm not sure, I have a map from 1867 showing eastern Chesterfield County and the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike is there along the same path as present day Route 1. My father still refers to J.D. Hwy as "The Pike". With no basis for this assumption, I would guess this was the general location of any road predating the Petersburg Turnpike simply because to the west the terrain is less level and to the east it's prone to flooding. There's an effort to make US 1 a historic route similar to US 66 out west. An organization is attempting to get historic recognition, or designation or something of US 1. In 18th Century days, the towns between Richmond and Petersburg were Osbornes, and Bermuda Hundred (which I think almost became the capital of Virginia). All of which are on the river. Today, there's an Osborne Road, and an Old Bermuda Hundred Road (and W. Hundred Road). And these routes run to the Petersburg Turnpike. Also, Chesterfield Court House is where it's always been (the community, not the actual courts building) and the general alignment of Route 10 east of that is very old and runs to "The Pike". I think that road ran from the Turnpike up to the Chesterfield C.H. then down where Courthouse Road is today. The general alignment of Courthouse Road west of Route 10 is also old, though today's Courthouse Road runs along the path of the old Clover Hill Railroad; the actual road was parallel to the train route, but more curvy. Has anyone heard of or know what's become of the plan to turn the old Atlantic Coast Line (CSX) railroad path in South Richmond into a walking/biking trail? I'm not sure which rail path they're talking about, I believe there's two in that area, one is the old mainline that ran to Byrd Street Station and the other was the old connection between the aforementioned mainline to the belt line (which is now the mainline today).
  14. burt, the more I study it, the more right you are....I don't see how SEHSR is going to be able to adequately use Main Street Station. Since it's been decided to not use the C&O tracks from Doswell south, they've basically taken the High Speed out of High Speed rail. In other news, it has been real interesting reading up on the old Connection Railroad that used the Byrd Street Tunnel. I came across and purchased a photo of the tunnel entrance being sealed up in 1941, but I have yet to find something that says they filled in the tunnel completely. I know remains of the tunnel were found in 1974 (when they placed the cornerstone at 5th & Byrd), but I haven't located a newspaper article about it yet. I'm curious if it's still there under Byrd Street.
  15. I'm intrigued by the genealogical center....that could potentially be a huge draw, more and more people seem to express an interest in knowing their family history. Hopefully, they'll not put all their hope in getting funding from the government, I just don't see it coming from there right now....there's got to be some big shots with money who have a passion for this. From an architectural standpoint, it will certainly draw curiosity from those passing along I-95....and if Main Street Station picks up more rail traffic, it could be quite the front door into Richmond.
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