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Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac RR

The Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac RR has long been a key element in the nation's rail network. Growing out of the ashes of a Civil War era short line, its double track, high speed line runs 117 miles to connect the capital of the Confederacy to the Capital of the Union.

If you want to travel from the East to Florida, your train must pass over the R. F. & P. Leaving the Pennsy or B & O at Washington, D. C., Florida bound trains pass through the tunnel from the lower level of Washington Union Station, under Capitol Hill, to the Potomac River Bridge, to the massive Potomac Yard in Alexandria, Va. There, your train leaves the Washington Union Terminal RR and rolls swiftly south on the R. F. & P.

As you approach Richmond, you are treated to a similarly impressive railroading display. Entering a special loop track of the Richmond Terminal Company, your train rolls over a massive elevated right of way to Broad Street Station, an imposing Doric columned Italiante monument bearing a resemblance to the Jefferson Memorial. The loop track is designed so that trains from north or south always enter in the same direction - with the exception of Johnny-come-lately Seaboard, whose trackage forces a switchback move to enter the loop!

By the late 19th century, the R. F. & P. was dominated by the Atlantic Coast Line - a kinship that lasted into the streamliner period when the road adopted ACL's purple lettering scheme. However, after protracted legal wrangling, ownership was divided up among the connecting roads, including PRR, ACL, Seaboard, Southern, B & O and C & O, to insure access to all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac

 Richmond times  

Effective 6/35

 

 B=Broad St / M=Main St
   

Wash DC

Fred'burg

Richmond

OP Comfort

Norfolk

 Notes:
 NY & Fla Ltd 192  3.55 2.31  < 12.56       M: from Venice Fla
 Robt E. Lee 95  10.10  11.31  1.00       M: to Columbus Ga
 Robt E. Lee 96  6.35  5.17  < 3.45       M: from Columbus Ga
 Palmetto Ltd 82  6.45  5.04  < 3.45       B: from Savannah
 NY & Fla Ltd 191  > 3.00 4.21  5.55       M: to Venice Fla
 Havana Special 75  > 3.25  4.50  6.10       B: to Key West (see note)
 #2 **  8.15  < 6.20         all-stops local ex Su
 #10 **  9.55  8.23  < 6.45       B:
 #22 **  10.30  9.06  < 7.35       BM:
 #75 connection **      > 8.30    10.50   B: via N&W
 Tamiami 74  11.25  9.58  < 8.45       B: from Tampa
 #75 connection **      > 9.00  11.20 

via ferry

 B: via C&O, ferry
 Cotton / So States 108  12.35  11.13  < 9.40       M: from Columbus Ga
 Florida Mail 89  > 8.00  9.32  11.00       B: to Jacksonville
 #14 connection **      11.25  < 9.15 

via ferry

 B: via C&O, ferry
 #14 **  2.40  1.21  11.50    < 8.45   B:
 #93 **  > 9.05  10.26  11.50       BM: all-stops below DC
 #89-93 **      > 2.00  4.15 

via ferry

 M: via C&O, ferry
 #89-93 **      > 2.00    4.30   B: via N&W
 #15 **  > 12.01  1.23  2.45       B: ex Su
 #25 **  > 1.30  3.10         all-stops local Sa only
 #16 **  6.20  5.01  3.50    < 1.15   B:
 Cotton / So States 107  > 2.00  3.19  4.45       M: to Columbus Ga
 #80-94 **      4.50  < 2.20 

via ferry

 M: via C&O
 Tamiami 71  > 3.05  4.24  5.45       B: to Tampa
 #31 **  > 3.30  5.12         all-stops local ex Sa Su
 #94 **  9.20  7.40  < 6.00       BM: all-stops below DC
 #71-107 **      > 7.00  9.20 

via ferry

 B: via C&O
 Florida Mail 80  10.45  9.14  < 7.45       B: from Jacksonville
 #29 **  > 5.25  7.05  8.45       B:
 #76 connection **      9.30  < 7.10 

via ferry

 B: via C&O
 #21 **  > 6.40  8.02  9.35       BM:
 #76 connection **      9.35    < 7.15   B: via N&W
 Palmetto Ltd 83  > 7.20  8.42  10.00       B: to Savannah
 Havana Special 76  1.25  11.56  < 10.35       B: from Key West (note)


NOTE: refer to The Glossary for a summary of how to interpret the train listings below.


Through Services

PRR / B&O / RF&P / SAL / CofGa (SAL)(trains #107 / #108)
(NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond (Columbus, Ga), A/C, daily.
sleeper- parlor- coach- diner- sleeper obs
#107 (s) lv Wash DC 2.00 pm - Fredericksburg 3.19 pm - arr Richmond 4.45 pm.
#108 (n) lv Richmond 9.40 am - Fredericksburg 11.13 am - Wash DC 12.35 pm.
Notes: parlor and dining car service north of Richmond. Stops at Main Street, Richmond. Connection to Old Point Comfort via C&O.
 
PRR / B&O / RF&P / ACL (ACL)(trains #80 / #89)(NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond (Jacksonville), daily.
sleeper- coach
#80 (n) lv Richmond 7.45 pm - Fredericksburg 9.14 pm - arr Wash DC 10.45 pm.
#89 (s) lv Wash DC 8.00 am - Fredericksburg 9.32 am - arr Richmond 11.00 am.
Notes: this consist greatly reduced in the off season and carries mostly head end. Stops at Broad Street, Richmond. Diner added below Richmond. Connections to both Norfolk and Old Point Comfort.

Check map - - See timetable

PRR / B&O / RF&P / ACL (ACL)(trains #75 / #76)(NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond (Key West), daily.
sleeper- coach- diner- sleeper obs
#75 (s) lv Wash DC 3.25 am - Fredericksburg 4.50 am - arr Richmond 6.10 am.
#76 (n) lv Richmond 10.35 pm - Fredericksburg 11.56 pm - arr Wash DC 1.25 am.
Notes: present equipment not air conditioned. Stops at Broad Street, Richmond. Connections to both Norfolk and Old Point Comfort. Service to Key West has been suspended due to hurricane damage to FEC trackage. Key West section presently terminates at Miami, Fla.
 
PRR / B&O / RF&P / SAL (SAL)(trains #191 / #192)
(NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond (Venice, Fla), A/C, daily.
sleeper- parlor- coach- diner- sleeper obs
#191 (s) lv Wash DC 3.00 am - Fredericksburg 4.21 - arr Richmond 5.55 am.
#192 (n) lv Richmond 12.56 am - Fredericksburg 2.31 am - arr Wash DC 3.55 am.
Notes: stops at Main Street, Richmond.
 
PRR / B&O / RF&P / ACL (ACL)(trains #82 / #83) (NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond (Savannah), daily.
sleeper- coach- diner
#82 (n) lv Richmond 3.45 am - Fredericksburg 5.04 am - arr Wash DC 6.35 am.
#83 (s) lv Wash DC 7.20 pm - Fredericksburg 8.42 pm - arr Richmond 10.00 pm.
Notes: stops at Broad Street, Richmond.

Check map - - See timetable

PRR / B&O / RF&P / SAL / CofGa (SAL)(trains #95 / #96)
(NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond (Columbus, Ga), A/C, daily.
sleeper- parlor- coach- diner- sleeper obs
#95 (s) lv Wash DC 10.10 pm - Fredericksburg 11.31 pm - arr Richmond 1.00 am.
#96 (n) lv Richmond 3.45 am - Fredericksburg 5.04 am - arr Wash DC 6.35 am.
Notes: parlor and dining car service north of Richmond. Stops at Main Street, Richmond.
 
PRR / B&O / RF&P / ACL (ACL)(trains #71 / #74)(NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond (Tampa), part- A/C, daily.
sleeper- parlor- coach- diner- sleeper obs
#71 (s) lv Wash DC 3.05 pm - Fredericksburg 4.24 pm - arr Richmond 5.45.
#74 (n) lv Richmond 8.45 am - Fredericksburg 9.58 am - arr Wash DC 11.25 am.
Notes: connection to Norfolk via N&W. Stops at Broad Street, Richmond.
 
PRR / B&O / RF&P / SAL (SAL)(NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond (St Petersburg), daily.
sleeper- parlor coach- parlor diner- sleeper obs
#21 (s) lv Wash DC 6.40 pm - Fredericksburg 8.02 pm - arr Richmond 9.35 pm.
#22 (n) lv Richmond 7.35 am - Fredericksburg 9.06 am - arr Wash DC 10.30 am.
Notes: stops at both Broad Street and Main Street, Richmond. No extra fare for deluxe "parlor-coach" service.

Check map - - See timetable

PRR / B&O / RF&P / SAL / CofGa (SAL)
(NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond (Columbus, Ga), part-A/C, daily.
sleeper- parlor coach- coach- diner- sleeper obs
#93 (s) lv Wash DC 9.05 am - Fredericksburg 10.26 am - arr Richmond 11.50 am.
#94 (n) lv Richmond 6.00 pm - Fredericksburg 7.40 pm - arr Wash DC 9.20 pm.
Notes: connection to Norfolk via N&W route. "Parlor-coach" (deluxe A/C coach) Wash DC to Richmond, no extra fare. Stops at both Main Street and Broad Street, Richmond. Runs all-stops Washington to Richmond.
 

General Notes:

Almost all long haul trains forward sleepers, parlors or coaches beyond Washington via PRR (Penn Station) and B&O (Jersey City). On PRR, only "Havana Special" provides service to Philadelphia. All B&O trains provide Philadelphia service.

 

Regional Services

Washington to Norfolk via N&W

PRR / B&O / RF&P / N&W (RF&P)(Norfolk) Richmond to Wash DC (NYCity), daily.
coach
#14 (s) lv Norfolk 8.45 am - Richmond 11.50 am - Fredericksburg 1.21 pm - arr Wash DC 2.40 pm.
Notes: stops at Broad Street, Richmond. No extra fare for deluxe "parlor-coach" service.
 
PRR / B&O / RF&P / N&W (RF&P)(Norfolk) Richmond to Wash DC (NYCity), A/C, daily.
parlor coach
#16 (s) lv Richmond 3.50 pm - Fredericksburg 5.01 pm - arr Wash DC 6.20 pm -
Notes: stops at Broad Street, Richmond. No extra fare for deluxe "parlor-coach" service.
 
RF&P / N&W (N&W) Richmond to Norfolk, part-A/C, daily.
parlor coach- coach
#75 (e) lv Richmond 8.30 am - arr Norfolk 10.50 am.
#76 (w) lv Norfolk 7.15 pm - arr Richmond 9.35 pm.
Notes: stops at Broad Street, Richmond.

Check map - - See timetable

RF&P / N&W (N&W) Richmond to Norfolk, part-A/C, daily.
coach
#89-93 (e) lv Richmond 2.00 pm - arr Norfolk 4.30 pm.
Notes: stops at Broad Street, Richmond.

 

Washington to Old Point Comfort via C&O

Ferry to Norfolk

RF&P / C&O (C&O) (boat from Norfolk) Old Point Comfort to Richmond, part-A/C, daily.
parlor coach- coach
#14 (w) lv Old Point Comfort 9.15 am - arr Richmond 11.25 am.
Notes: stops at Broad Street, Richmond.
 
RF&P / C&O (C&O) Richmond to Old Point Comfort (boat to Norfolk), part-A/C, daily.
coach
#71-107 (e) lv Richmond 7.00 pm - arr Old Point Comfort 9.20 pm.
Notes: departs Broad Street, Richmond.

Check map - - See timetable

RF&P / C&O (C&O) Richmond to Old Point Comfort (boat to Norfolk), part-A/C, daily.
coach
#75 (e) lv Richmond 9.00 am - arr Old Point Comfort 11.20 am.
#76 (w) lv Old Point Comfort 7.10 pm - arr Richmond 9.30 pm.
Notes: stops at Broad Street, Richmond.
 
RF&P / C&O (C&O) Richmond to Old Point Comfort (boat to Norfolk), part-A/C, daily.
coach
#80-94 (w) lv Old Point Comfort 2.35 pm - arr Richmond 4.50 pm
#89-93 (e) lv Richmond 2.00 pm - arr Old Point Comfort 4.15 pm.
Notes: stops at Main Street, Richmond.
 

Local Services

RF&P Fredericksburg to Wash DC (NYCity), ex-Su.
coach
#2 (n) lv Fredericksburg 6.20 am - arr Wash DC 8.15 am.
Notes: all-stops local.

Check map - - See timetable

RF&P Richmond to Wash DC (NYCity), daily
coach
#10 (n) lv Richmond 6.45 am - Fredericksburg 8.23 am - arr Wash DC 9.55 am.
Notes: departs Broad Street, Richmond.
 
RF&P Richmond to Wash DC (NYCity), daily.
coach
#14 (n) lv Richmond 12.10 pm - Fredericksburg 1.21 pm - arr Wash DC 2.40 pm.
Notes: departs Broad Street, Richmond.
 
RF&P (NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond, ex- Su.
coach
#15 (s) lv Wash DC 12.01 pm - Fredericksburg 1.23 pm - arr Richmond 2.45 pm.
Notes: B&O service from Philadelphia only. Stops at Broad Street, Richmond.
 
RF&P Wash DC to Fredericksburg, Sa only
coach
#25 (s) lv Wash DC 1.30 pm - arr Fredericksburg 3.10 pm.
Notes: all-stops local.

Check map - - See timetable

RF&P (NYCity) Wash DC to Richmond, daily.
coach
#29 (s) lv Wash DC 5.25 pm - Fredericksburg 7.05 pm - arr Richmond 8.45 pm.
Notes: all-stops local. Stops at Broad Street, Richmond.
 
RF&P (NYCity) Wash DC to Fredericksburg, ex- Sa, Su
coach
#31 (s) lv Wash DC 3.30 pm - arr Fredericksburg 5.12 pm.
Notes: all-stops local.
 

General Notes:

These local services make connections to PRR and B&O trains at Washington.

 

Some Notes On RF&P Passenger Service

Motive Power

The R. F. & P. has long been a scene of big time railroading and the road's passenger power includes the handsome "Governor", "General" and "Statesman" class 4-8-4s, each bearing the name of a famous Virginian. The road has also been an early purchaser of EMD's passenger E Unit diesels, which are dressed in a stately blue-and-gray scheme.

Rolling Stock

As part of the "equalization" of the Florida passenger fleet, the R. F. & P. purchased long distance coaches from Budd, a sleeper and sleeper-lounge from ACF, and coaches, sleepers, a sleeper-lounge and a diner from Pullman - all part of the massive joint order for lightweight rolling stock that reequipped the trains after the war.

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