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Glen Allen in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Steel Coach

No. 522

 
 
Steel Coach Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
1. Steel Coach Marker
Inscription. The Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation built this all-steel coach in 1923. This coach was later modernized and included features such as air conditioning, double-glazed metal windows, cable curtains, and rotating reclining seats with adjustable headrests and footrests.

As passenger service increased, the entire RF&P line was double tracked between 1902-1907. There were also four new passenger stations built. They were Alexandria (1905), Washington (1907), Richmond (1919) and Fredericksburg (1926).

This car is painted to accompany the Blue and Gray Clipper train in operation until the late 1950s. It was the RF&Pís fastest passenger train covering the 113 miles between Richmond and Washington, D.C. in less than two hours.

In these early coaches, the seats were in two rows with a center aisle. On one side there were two seats and on the other side there was one seat that could swivel. As early as 1934, the coaches were fitted with air conditioning.

Passenger service ended when The National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak) took over operations on May 1, 1971.
 
Erected by County of Henrico.
 
Location. 37° 40.6′ N, 77° 30.411′ W. Marker is in Glen Allen, Virginia,
RF&P Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
2. RF&P Markers
in Henrico County. Marker can be reached from RF&P Drive near 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. U.S. Railway Post Office Car (here, next to this marker); Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Company (here, next to this marker); Caboose (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Box Car (approx. 0.3 miles away); Meadow Farm (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Meadow Farm (approx. 0.6 miles away); Glen Allen Baptist Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mountain Road (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Glen Allen.
 
Also see . . .  Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Historical Society, Inc. (Submitted on March 21, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. 20th CenturyRailroads & Streetcars
 
Steel Coach Comfort image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
3. Steel Coach Comfort
By the 1930s, RF&P added many comfort features to passenger cars. Rotating lounge chairs, linen covers to protect passengersí clothes, and shades that kept out cinders and dirt all enhanced the travel experience.
Blue and Gray Clipper image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
4. Blue and Gray Clipper
The “Blue and Gray Clipper,” depicted here leaving Richmondís Broad Street Station, operated only four years, from 1955 to 1959. It offered many amenities for families and was the fastest train service offered from Richmond to Washington, D.C.
Steel Coach No. 522 image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 18, 2010
5. Steel Coach No. 522
RF&P Park entrance on Meadow Farm Drive image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, December 10, 2009
6. RF&P Park entrance on Meadow Farm Drive
Meadow Farm entrance on Mountain Road image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, February 2, 2009
7. Meadow Farm entrance on Mountain Road
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 623 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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