I enjoyed Don Audette’s recounting last week of Rappahannock’s almost railroad of the 1880s. A decade earlier, another and more serious proposal would have laid rails from Alexandria through Washington, over Beahm’s Gap on the way to Denver. Chartered in 1872, original grading was done near Harrisonburg and is used today by the Chesapeake & Western Railroad. There were other attempts. We all should be thankful that railways, waterways and highways never were economically feasible for Rappahannock County.