Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad

Richmond, Fredericksburg And Potomac Railroad

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Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad

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The Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad was a railroad connecting Richmond, Virginia, to Washington, D.C. It is now a portion of the CSX Transportation system.

The RF&P was a bridge line, with a slogan of "Linking North & South," on a system that stretched about 113 miles. For the major portion of its existence, the RF&P connected with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad and Seaboard Air Line Railroad at Richmond. At Alexandria and through trackage rights to Union Station in Washington, D.C., connections were made with the Pennsylvania Railroad, Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and the Southern Railway. There was a connection to the Washington and Old Dominion Railroad at Potomac Yard, and an interchange with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway at Doswell.


The Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad was chartered on February 25, 1834, to run from Richmond north via Fredericksburg to the Potomac River. It opened from Richmond to Hazel Run in 1836, to Fredericksburg on January 23, 1837, and the rest of the way to the Potomac River at Aquia Creek on September 30, 1842. Steamboat service to Washington, D.C., and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was provided by the Washington and Fredericksburg Steamboat Company, later renamed the Potomac Steamboat Company, controlled by the railroad after...
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