From the Richmond Dispatch, 4/23/1861, p. 1
City Railway. – This work progresses, though we imagine it will hardly be completed this season, all circumstances being taken into account. The track-layers were at work last Saturday in front of the County Court-House, operations having been commenced at the junction of Main and Pear streets, near Rocketts. A small vessel was unloading iron at the Dock, a day or two ago, which, we suppose, is for this railway. A citizen, who was looking at the work on Main street, asked us why it was that all the laborers were imported from the North, when so many of our own citizens were out of employment? We could not answer the interrogatory.