November 15, 2022

A Red Caboose and a Railway Turned Trail

Herndon, VA

Tuesday Treasures / Wordless / Ruby Tuesday

The W&OD Railway and Jim Crow Lawsp
“As with other rail lines in Virginia, the Southern was required to have a separate car for African-Americans and Native Americans to ride in as a way to comply with the law.

After 1912, this wasn’t always possible since the W&OD usually ran single passenger cars, so separation of the races occurred within the cars with African-Americans seated to the rear.”


  1. And there are those who would like to go back to those days.

  2. ...once I was going to buy a caboose.

  3. Love the red caboose! Take care, have a great day!

  4. May those days never return. Alana

  5. There's some charm to that, isn't there?
    Thanks for sharing at

  6. NICE red caboose! I like when trains had cabooses.

  7. Great photos! Thanks for sharing the background and history. As bookworm said above, we hope those days never return!

  8. I used to pass that caboose every day on my bike. :-)


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