5/06/2010 * Crozet Gazette [ full story ]
Buckingham Branch Railroad will close The Square to parking and storage of materials within the next 30 days to protect itself from liability and safety issues.
Virtually all the The Square is owned by CSX railroad, which leases it to Buckingham Branch Railroad. According to BBRR Vice President for Operations Gale Wilson, CSX’s property line extends 128 feet south from the center of the main track. That puts it about eight feet in front of the existing buildings. CSX granted the Virginia Department of Transportation a 40-foot easement for a road that extends from Crozet Avenue east to the Barnes Lumber Company property line. CSX also extends along the tracks very near the lumberyard’s warehouse buildings, he said.
Liability issues concerning The Square came to the BBRR’s attention recently when railroad employees working there were rudely cussed out by someone. Wilson declined to repeat what had been said.