There was a time when the railroad was one of the most important aspects of travel and trade in Virginia. Countless towns throughout the state served as hubs for cargo and passengers alike. With the decline of the railroad over the past 50 years, many rail lines and services no longer exist. However, the ones that do continue to offer an excellent source of transportation, whether to sight see, relive some history or to simply get where you need to go.

Thanks to the many talented photographers who captured these images, the following 14 examples of trains in Virginia show the diversity of rail travel – from historic restorations to modern commuter trains. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride…

If you love train travel, look into Virginia by Rail from Amtrak. The service offers single-ticket service starting in Manassas (Prince William County) and ending in Norfolk. Along the way, you’ll make stops in Fredericksburg and Richmond, with ample time to get out and explore incredible sites. Learn more at Amtrak Virginia.

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