Manassas Old Town Railroad
Located within the Prince William County and formerly acquired and subsequently restored to house a tourist information office and railroad exhibit, the Manassas Old Town Railroad depot is one of the busiest railroad stops in northern Virginia.
Interesting Facts About The Manassas Old Town Railroad
• Before becoming one of the most important and historic locations and site of many battles throughout the American Civil War, the Manassas Junction Railroad depot was first founded as a humble building situated east of it’s current station and north side of the crossing of the Alexandria and Orange and Manassas Gap railroad tracks.
• In 1972 the platform was featured as a backdrop on the cover of the album titled, “Manassas” by Stephen Stills and Chris Hillman.
• Designed by the Richmond and Danville Railroad Company the first depot was constructed after the American Civil War during the 1880s. In 1904 the depot was demolished and replaced by a brick passenger depot. In 1914 the depot was destroyed by a fire which broke out in the baggage area. The new structure which was completed at the cost of $575,000 later that year and remodeled in a red-brick Victorian style and fitted with an attractive clay tile-covered roof included four new rooms, waiting rooms, an umbrella shed as well as a newly remodeled baggage and express section.
• Today the building is used for the offices of Historic Manassas, Inc.; Tourist Information Center; as well as the site for the James & Marion Payne Memorial Railroad Heritage Gallery.
• In 2009, Amtrak Virginia founded via an alliance between the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and Amtrak, organized the lengthening of a daily roundtrip Northeast Regional train between Lynchburg, Manassas Junction, Washington, D.C. as well as several communities located north along the Northeast Corridor and directly connecting to destinations as far as Boston.
• Amtrak railroad service does not offer baggage nor ticketing services at this station served daily by four trains including the tri-weekly Cardinal.
Manassas Old Town RailCams
Updated once per minute, the Manassas Old Town RailCams offers a view of the train station in Manassas, Virginia with Amtrak trains, Virginia Railway Express commuter trains, as well as CSX/NS freight rains.
The Historic Downtown Manassas RailCam offering live viewing 24 hours a day and seven days a week features a virtual visit to Farmers Market as well as allows train lovers the opportunity to watch the trains come and go at the historic Old Town train depot.