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Glen Allen in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Box Car
Freight Service
 
Box Car Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
1. Box Car Marker
 
Inscription. In the early years of operation, RF&P railroads derived little revenue from its freight service. Most goods were transported by river and then by wagon.

After the Civil War, the railroad was joined with others to form a national system. Freight service increased dramatically because of the railroad’s location along routes that connected to the vibrant East Coast markets.

In the 1880s, RF&P became an important link for the transportation of fruits and vegetables from the South to the northern markets. Special ventilated cars transported strawberries, melons and vegetables from the Carolinas and vegetables and citrus fruit from Florida. In 1900, freight exceeded passenger service revenue.

Eventually, freight service included moving everything from farm implements, agricultural, forest and mineral products to miscellaneous merchandise such as the automobile. In 1991, the RF&P was sold to CSX Corporation ending freight service under RF&P management.
 
Erected by County of Henrico.
 
Location. 37° 40.714′ N, 77° 30.745′ W. Marker is in Glen Allen, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of RF&P Drive and Meadow Farm Drive. Click for map. This marker is located in RF&P Park at Meadow Farm. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3600 Mountain Road, Glen Allen VA 23060, United States of America.
 
Box Car Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
2. Box Car Marker
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Caboose (approx. ¼ mile away); Meadow Farm (approx. 0.3 miles away); Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Company (approx. 0.3 miles away); U.S. Railway Post Office Car (approx. 0.3 miles away); Steel Coach (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Meadow Farm (approx. half a mile away); Sheppard and Baker's Grant (approx. 0.6 miles away); Courtney Road Service Station (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Glen Allen.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left is a photograph of an RF&P Box Car with the caption, "The box car was the main type of freight car used by RF&P. Hoppers carried materials such as coal. Rack cars carried lumber and automobiles. Gondolas were least used by the railroad and transported primarily scrap materials."

On the right is an advertisement for RF&P Freight Srevice [William E. Griffin Collection].
 
Also see . . .  Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Historical Society, Inc. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
RF&P Box Car Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
3. RF&P Box Car
 
 
RF&P Park entrance on Meadow Farm Drive Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
4. RF&P Park entrance on Meadow Farm Drive
 
 
Meadow Farm entrance on Mountain Road Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
5. Meadow Farm entrance on Mountain Road
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 586 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
 
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