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Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Boxcar #2305

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2021
1. Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Boxcar #2305 Marker
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Manufacturer: Pullman Standard, 1963
Weight: 71,400 pounds (lbs.)
Capacity: 148,600 lbs.

A boxcar is an enclosed railroad freight car. This type of rail car transports goods to consumers. Boxcars are a very useful type of freight car because they are capable of carrying a great variety of loads. Boxcars typically have side doors, but some boxcars have end doors, and others can be adjusted for height. Early boxcars were much shorter—25 feet long—and could carry 15 tons of cargo, but modern box cars can be up to 85 feet long and carry up to 70 tons of freight.

One hundred of these boxcars were produced for the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac (RF&P) railroad in 1963. The RF&P ran only 113 miles—from Alexandria, Virginia to Richmond, Virginia—but it served as an important connector between all northern and southern railroads. RF&P is now a part of the CSX Transportation System.

This car is equipped with the Pullman Standard Hydro frame-cushioning device, a spring loaded coupler that softens the impact when cars are switched. The device adds

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By Devry Becker Jones, April 24, 2021
2. Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Boxcar #2305 Marker
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approximately ten feet to the length of the car. The body and frame of the car are steel loading devices that help keep cargo from shifting and becoming damaged during transit. The floor is made of "nailable steel," which allows blocking to be nailed to the floor.

Boxcar 2305 served the RF&P for 24 years prior to being retired in May 1987.
 
Erected by Virginia Museum of Transportation, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1987.
 
Location. 37° 16.399′ N, 79° 56.761′ W. Marker is in Roanoke, Virginia. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Norfolk Avenue Southwest and 3rd Street Southwest, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 303 Norfolk Ave SW, Roanoke VA 24016, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norfolk & Western Class CF Caboose #518302 (a few steps from this marker); Norfolk & Western Class G1 #6 (a few steps from this marker); Chesapeake Western ALCO T-6 Diesel-Electric #10 (a few steps from this marker); 1952 Squad Wagon (a few steps from this marker); Norfolk & Western Class A #1218 (a few steps from this marker); Virginian GE EL-C Electric Locomotive #135 (a few steps from

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this marker); Pennsylvania Railroad GE GG1 Electric #4919 (a few steps from this marker); Wabash E8A Diesel-Electric #1009 (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roanoke.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 29, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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