Back in February I spent a morning in the small town of The Plains, located in Virginia hunt country between Manassas and Front Royal.
The Manassas Gap Railroad arrived in The Plains in 1852 as it pushed westward to form a link to the rich Shenandoah Valley. During the Civil War, this line was a vital route, moving supplies and soldiers into the hard fought battles in eastern Virginia.
The passenger depot was built by the Southern Railway in 1915. Although passenger service to The Plains is a thing of the past, freight trains on the Norfolk Southern B-Line pass through town daily.