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RF&P Railroad Cars

Address

3400 Mountain Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060

This landmark is near RF&P Park.

Geo Coordinates

37.676198,-77.507264

Description

Total of 4 markers.

Box Car

c. 1950. HP 84. Main car type for movement of freight.

Caboose

c. 1974. HP 85. Used as quarters for the crew.

United States Postal Car

c. 1916. HP 86. Retired by USPS in 1970.

Steel Coach

c. 1923. HP 87. Built by the Bethlehem Steel Company.

The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad (RF&P) was chartered in 1834. The company slogan was “linking north and south.” RF&P and train travel in general contributed dramatically to the country’s economic and technological success during the 19th century. From 1834-1991, the 113 miles of railroad from Richmond to Washington D.C. were operated by the RF&P Railroad Company.

The train cars are located in RF&P Park. RF&P Park is adjacent to Meadow Farm Museum at Crump Park. The interiors of the train cars are not open to the public.


Historical Timeline

1830s – RF&P established stations in Henrico County. Early revenue was mainly from passenger traffic.
1880 – RF&P became an important link for the transportation of goods from the southern to northern markets.
1888 – Heated sleeper cars introduced.
1900 – Freight service revenue exceeded passenger service revenue.
1910 – Government regulations required Railway Post Office cars.
1971 – RF&P passenger services ended in 1971 when Amtrak took over.
1991 – RF&P is sold to CSX Corporation.
1997-2003 – The coach and postal car were donated by Susan Buffington, attorney for RF&P. The caboose was donated by Ethyl Corporation and the box car was given by RF&P railroad. The land on which RF&P Park sits was also donated by RF&P.

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