Fairfax to Vienna

Built in the late 1800s, this line ran between Vienna and Fairfax, VA, and connected with the Washington & Old Dominion at Vienna. It was abandoned in 1939. Here, the former right-of-way can be seen facing northeast from the end of Library Lane, near the corner of Maple Avenue (VA Route 123) and Nutley Street (VA Route 243) in Vienna, VA. Photo by Mike Palmer, April 2003.
A&FE right-of-way along the city limit of Fairfax, facing north. This location is near the end of Ranger Road in the Mosby Woods neighborhood of Fairfax. Photo by Mike Palmer.
The area that once was the Fairfax passenger terminal is now a small shopping center called Railroad Square. A street sign points to its location. Photo by Mike Palmer.
A topographical map from the 1920s shows the Fairfax-Vienna line as "Electric RR". (Submitted by Mike Palmer)

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Mike, I own land on Center St where the trolley ran down.

Jim Hurst
Fairfax City, VA

I worked in an office building in Vienna that backed up to the bicycle path on the old W&OD RR R/O/W. There were a pair of bridge abutments on either side of the bike path that appeared to have supported a narrow bridge over the railroad. I believe this may have been an overpass for the trolley line.

Jim Shafer
Sterling, VA