Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad

Dillwyn, Virginia

When I was a boy in the 1950s, the Richmond Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad tracks ran close to our house and I remember watching both freight and passenger trains pass by. Some were pulled by steam locomotives. The last steam powered RF&P passenger train left Washington's Union station in 1954 bound for Richmond, Virginia. It would have passed by my house.

The RF&P was chartered in 1834 and was finally acquired by CSX and merged into their system in 1991.

Two pieces of RF&P equipment, owned by the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society are preserved in Dillwyn on the Buckingham Branch Railroad.

RF&P locomotive #101 is an EMD GP7, built in 1953. and leased to Buckingham Branch. RFP passenger coach #706, built in 1925 is also stored in Dillwyn in the Buckingham Branch rail-yard.  Both are used for rail-fan excursions over Buckingham Branch tracks.


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