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Yes they are all still active.
|The Triple Cross in Richmond, Va, photo by Jeff Majer|
The middle is The Seaboard Viaduct. It was the main line of the Seaboard Railway and was built to take advantage of traffic to and from Florida and still stops at The Main St Station. It was known for running through the heart of Dixie and transporting people on trains with names like "The Robert E Lee", "The Southern States Special", and "The Orange Blossom Special".1 Importantly when you are traveling through the hot southern states, the trains were "air conditioned with meals that appeased the air conditioned appetites"1 It is now owned by CSX though Amtrak trains use it as well. 2
|The Triple Cross in Richmond, Va showing the split in|
the Southern Norfolk, photo by Jeff Majer
Saying something is the only one in the world begs for someone to disprove it, which is why I have read "probably" and "believed to be" in connection to Richmond's triple cross. I can say it is not the only one ever. There was a triple cross in Elliston, Indiana on the west bank of the White River in the Fairplay Township, Green County, Indiana.3 Their triple cross was completed in 1906 but only lasted 29 years. In 1935, one of the bridges over the White River was discontinued and the tracks and ties were removed. Then in 1937 the bridge was washed away by floods.3
|Norfolk Southern train car on the tracks near the RVA Triple Cross, photo by Jeff Majer|
If you have ever seen three trains on the triple cross, comment below. Heck, comment if you haven't seen it if you like.
1. The Collapse of Richmond's Church Hill Tunnel, by Walter S. Griggs Jr.
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