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Geln Allen in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Caboose
No. 904
 
Caboose Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
1. Caboose Marker
 
Inscription. The first Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad (RF&P) cabooses were wooden construction built as early as 1904. Over the years, they were modified to keep them in service or sold.

The RF&P purchased its first modern, all steel cabooses in 1970 from the International Car Company in Kenton, Ohio for $29,741. Shortly thereafter, Southern Iron and Equipment of Atlantic, Georgia built additional cabooses numbered 921 through 923 and 931 through 933.

The first three cars from the International Car Company were numbered 901 through 903. The design included many new safety features including improved entry steps, glass windows with screens, hand brakes, adjustable high back seats, and electric lights. This car, No. 904, built in 1974, was part of the second series that ran through No. 907. The earliest steam-era cabooses were painted bright vermillion enamel. No. 904 caboose was painted blue with yellow trim and white lettering.

The caboose provided train crew with a shelter at the rear of the train. From here they could exit the train for switching or to protect the rear of the train when stopped. They also used windows to inspect the train for problems such as shifting loads and broken or dragging equipment. The conductor kept records and conducted business from a table or desk in the caboose. For
 
Overall Specifications for Caboose Car No. 951 Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
2. Overall Specifications for Caboose Car No. 951
 
longer trips the caboose was used as a living quarters, and was very frequently personalized and decorated with pictures and posters.

The Commonwealth of Virginia required a caboose on all freight trains operating in the State until 1988. The Virginia Caboose law was repealed that year no longer requiring the use of cabooses and eventually a number of them went completely out-of-service.

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In 1956, a special train consisting of fourteen cabooses and two passenger trains operated for fathers and sons between Richmond and Quantico Marine base. The Marine Corps provided the sons and their fathers a tour of the base and a 1unch in the mess hail before returning to Richmond.
 
Erected by County of Henrico.
 
Location. 37° 40.577′ N, 77° 30.555′ W. Marker is in Geln 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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Company (about 700 feet away, in a direct line); U.S. Railway Post Office Car (about 700 feet away); Steel Coach (about 700 feet away); Box Car (approx. mile away); Meadow Farm (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Meadow Farm (approx. half a mile away); Sheppard and Baker's Grant (approx. 0.6 miles away); Glen Allen Baptist Church (approx. 0.6 miles away).
 
RF&P Caboose No. 904 Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
3. RF&P Caboose No. 904
 

 
More about this marker. On the left is a schematic of Caboose Car No. 951. On the right is a photo of RF&P Caboose Car No. 905.
 
Also see . . .  Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Historical Society, Inc. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
RF&P Caboose No. 904 Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
4. RF&P Caboose No. 904
 
 
RF&P Park entrance on Meadow Farm Drive Photo, Click for full size
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
5. 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
6. 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 725 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 11, 2009, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
 
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