RF&P Historical Society, Inc. Old News Archive

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2nd quarter meeting 2005 date announced -- May 14th

We have reserved a room at the Salem Church Library in Spotsylvania County for Saturday, May 14, 2005. There is a built-in projector for computer program presentations. There is an area that lends itself to having food delivered or set up. The room will be available from 9:00 to 5:30.

We plan to meet between 10:00 and 5:00. The 9:00 to 10:00 time can be used to set up displays, etc. and then the 5:00 - 5:30 will be for the clean up.

Lunch will be BYO or by local establishments between 12 and 1.

Agenda will include:

            A.  Adoption of Final draft bylaws from January 29
            B.  Collection of dues from those present to conduct further business
            C.  Filling officer vacancies to serve until the Nov 5 annual meeting
            D.  Slides, videos, etc.
            E.  Passenger cars  (CH)
            F.  Open Discussions
            G.  Remaining 2005 dates are August 20 & November 5

The closer we get, the more the displays/discussion subjects will be nailed down.

Once again, email Bill Sheild, wsheild@crosslink.net, if you are interested in attending the event.

January 29, 2005


1st meeting 2005 date brings 20 together, sees Mission statement adopted...

Agenda included:

            A.  Mission Statement (RM)
            B.  "Legal" Society Name (JH)
            C.  Draft of the By-Laws
            D.  Slides, videos, etc.
            E.  Passenger cars  (CH)
            F.  Open Discussions
            G.  Plan Agenda and date for next meeting

The mission statement as adopted by those present is as follows:

The purpose of the Society shall be to promote and preserve the history of the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad through education, historical and technical research, preservation and modeling.

Joel presented a report on the legal status of the RF&P name and its marks, that they have been cancelled and that CSX has no right to them. The afternoon saw a thorough review of the draft bylaws, leaving the final draft as amended to be considered at the May 14 meeting.

Quarterly meetings were again preferred, and the remaining 2005 dates were booked at the Library location: May 14, August 20, and November 5th, with the November meeting being considered the "annual meeting" of record, with the intent of having the annual meeting in the 4th quarter.

January 29, 2005


2nd meeting 2004 a success!

We had reserved a room at the Salem Church Library in Spotsylvania County for Saturday, October 30th, 2004. We met early on, with Bill S. bringing his 18' of Fredericksburg today in HO, A rendtion of Doswell in Ntrak (Jim A.) and some O scale modules exhibiting O models with sound. Much discussion was had across the day. Craig H. as before wowed us with his knowledge of passenger equipment and operations. Jim M. led a discussion on what direction the group should head, and passed around copies of bylaws from a few other railroad historical groups. The next meeting was Set for January 29th, 2005, same time, same place. A committee was appointed to draft a set of bylaws for consideration at that meeting.

October 31, 2004


Fall date announced for 2nd Live Meeting: October 30th, 2004

We have reserved a room at the Salem Church Library in Spotsylvania County for Saturday, October 30th, 2004. There is a built-in projector for computer program presentations. There is an area that lends itself to having food delivered or set up. The room will be available from 9:00 to 5:30.

We plan to meet between 10:00 and 5:00. The 9:00 to 10:00 time can be used to set up displays, etc. and then the 5:00 - 5:30 will be for the clean up.

We have yet to decide on lunch plans, whether it will be BYO or we will have something delivered is yet to be determined.

The closer we get, the more the displays/discussion subjects will be nailed down.

Once again, email Bill Sheild, wsheild@crosslink.net, if you are interested in attending the event.

May 20, 2004


LIVE MEETING! -- May 1, 2004 -- A Success!

An early group met Bill Sheild at the Rappahannock chapter's cars, finally breaking up about 12:30 to get some lunch. A bunch of us stopped at Allman's BBQ on Route 1 in Fredericksburg, but this made us late to the Library with all the Route 3 traffic.

At the library, we had displays of photos, books, magazines, memorabilia and models, as well as a video and some slides. I forgot to count, but there were at least 18 people present, including two who travelled down from New Jersey for the day. We started off watching a video of RF&P action of the late 1980s. Craig Harrison wowed us with his knowledge of passenger equipment, and his travels trying to find out such equipment. Bill Sheild showed some slides he was given, among which were some color Steam and early S-2 shots, as well as other B&W steam. Bill also had made a transparency of the track layout of Fredericksburg "back in the day", as well as showing some slides of the area prior to CSX.

A discussion took place on where do we go from here? There was a strong feeling that a formal, incorporated society is long overdue, and that formality would help in getting more RF&P models & decals done, as well as allowing a banner to be used to obtain access to existing materials. It was also suggested that we meet twice a year, in a middle location such as where this meeting was. Bill Sheild will check on date availbitily for late October/early November and report back to the group. The group suggestion was a noon-12:30 start. There was also an interest in getting a newsletter started, but no one present was an initial volunteer to be editor. There was interest in contributing materials toward that end, however, and suggestions of reprinting long out of print articles within a newsletter format.

We appear to be picking up steam, so here's to a clear signal ahead!

May 15, 2004


#136 soldiers on in Georgia

GP35 #136 alive and well in Georgia -- thanks to a few contacts in Georgia, former RF&P GP35 #136 is seeing a second career on the Hartwell Railroad in Georgia. The Hartwell is operated by Great Walton Rail, who has kept the GP35 in its blue/gray, with side & nose logos. They have replaced the gold-seal decal on the cab, but little else. It retains its 136 number, and RF&P-era numberboards.

April 20, 2004


Listserv to move to Yahoogroups COMPLETE.

The move of the listserv from its old (PSU) host, where it had been since its inception in early 1998, to Yahoogroups is complete. The new address is: RFandPRR@yahoogroups.com. To subscribe directly to the new one, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RFandPRR/.

April 15, 2004


Intermountain to do 50' boxcar in HO

Intermountain has announced an RF&P offering in their new Pinnacle Series, a Pullman Standard 5277 cu. foot 50' boxcar. At this time, it is unclear how many numbers they will offer, but expect an October, 2004ish delivery. Guesstimated MSRP is around $32 per car. The thought is this represents cars in the 4000 number series on the RF&P.

April 6, 2004


Atlas to do S2 in HO

Atlas has annouced a new run of their Alco S2 in HO, this time in RF&P #'s 61 and 65, expected for August, 2004 delivery. MSRP of around $90 per locomotive.

Their sketch is at this address: http://www.atlasrr.com/Images/HOLocomotives/hos2s4/RF&P.gif

March 30, 2004


LIVE MEETING! -- May 1, 2004

Announcing a live meeting on May 1, 2004, in and around Fredericksburg, Va. Main function will be bewteen 1:15-5 pm at the Salem Church Library in Spotsylvania County, with a slide presentation by Bill Sheild. We also have an open invitation to visit the Rappahannock Chapter's (NRHS) equipment that morning, among which is the former RF&P Caboose #905. The equipment is in the Spotsylvania County Industrial Park, just across Business 17 from Lees Hill and the RF&P main.

Other presentations are welcome as well. There will be Kodak Carousel projectors available. If your slides are loaded for a different system, you may want to bring your own projector.

Email Bill (wsheild@crosslink.net) if you are interested in attending. There have been more than 10 RSVP's so far.

March 11, 2004


Atlas to do N scale GP40

Atlas has announced (April 21, 2003) for September release new N scale GP40's, RF&P #122 and 124, as well as no #, available with and without decoder.

(the image on their site is of the production HO model)

May 14, 2003


Atlas News

Major strides being made for RF&P fans -- Atlas has in the works cabooses #905 and 906 in N, HO and O, and SW1200's #81 and 82 in O The HO cabooses are 1997-1 and 1997-2, while the N are 30511 and 30512 respectively.

This offering differs from their first run, 1997, which was the 907, but also in these have the "linking" virginia map logo.

The O caboose comes in two rail and three rail versions, with the two rail being 7624-1 and 7624-2, and the three rail being 6624-1 and 6624-2.

Product images courtesy of Atlas website

The O scale SW1200 comes in three different verisions -- 2 rail TMCC, 3 rail TMCC, and 2 rail DC/DCC ready. List is 369.95, 369.95 and 299.95 respectively. Estimated June 2003 delivery. Again, image courtesy of Atlas Website.

May 14, 2003


Accurail to do 55T hopper in HO

Accurail is doing a USRA 55-ton two-bay hopper for the RF&P, model #2542. See their product page for more detail:

http://www.accurail.com/accurail/2500.htm

Denis Blake had a hand in this one.

Walthers indicates there is an Accurail #5713 due in RF&P blue, but Accurail's series page does not show such a model #.

May 14, 2003


P2K to do RF&P E8AB in HO

Proto 2000 to do RF&P in two number combinations of an E8 A & B set, 1001/1051 and 1005/1055, model #s 30800 and 30801, respectively.

March 17, 2003


New Book: RF&P In Color

Also noticed today a new book out on the RF&P, titled "Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac in Color". From Walthers item page, it is from Morning Sun Books, and authored by Jeremy F. Plant, Stanley Short and William G. McClure. http://www.walthers.com/exec/productinfo/484-1093

Cover image from that page

October 10, 2002


Kadee does another 50' PS-1 in HO

Kadee has done a second 50' PS-1 in the RF&P, #6109, this time road #2920

Image courtesy of their website.

March 17, 2002


MTH to do RF&P E8, Passenger cars

Mike's Train House Premier Line:


20-2318-1

Richmond Frederick & Potomac E-8 ABA Diesel Engine Set w/Proto-Sound 2.0 for SEPT. 01 Delivery. Expected list price $699.95.


20-6577

Five car ABS passenger set in O gage 3 rail: Richmond Frederick & Potomac 5-Car 70' ABS Passenger Set - Smoothside for SEPT. 01 delivery. Expected list price $299.95.

Thanks to Charles Smith, chsmith@telocity.com, for this head's up.

June 19, 2001


 Atlas Railroad Company, Inc. Atlas to do RF&P GP40 in HO

Atlas announces RF&P as one of their new roadnames due for October 2001 release of their GP-40. It will come non-dynamic, blue/gray, with the letters on the sides, white frame stripes, blue handrails and yellow step rails. Their sketch drawing on the release page suggests a mid-70s look. They are doing road numbers 122/124 and will also produce a version without a cab number.

They will come pre-equipped with an Atlas DCC decoder that can be easily converted between DC operation and DCC operation, and the MSRP is $129.95.

Some thanks is due to Denis Blake for his persistance in this effort.

May 22, 2001


Kadee boxcars in HO

Kadee announces new RF&P car in their PS-1 series, 40' boxcar with 6' Youngstown door, built 1950-1953. Their number 4303, painted boxcar red, with the triangle in a cirlce logo, Richmond-Washington Line, and car number 2840 all in white.

Kadee's photo page. It's MSRP is $28.45.

Also, there is Kadee's #4306, RF&P car #2862, MSRP $28.95

A 50 foot version is recently out-of-stock at Kadee, their #6103, RF&P car number 2906. Its MSRP was listed $29.45.

February 23, 2001


Athearn to do GP40-2

Athearn is going to produce RF&P GP40-2's. No date has been given at this time but further details will be given as they are released. They will be as-delivered in 1972.

Many thanks to Denis Blake.

January 6, 2001


Richmond Caboose Saved

Russ Dolbear has purchased the caboose from the City of Richmond. He is having it hauled to Chester, Va.

Russ writes:

View Russ's movie of the move

September 26, 2000


New address for Rob McKeever

Rob McKeever has moved-- new address is:
8725 DeBlanc Place,
Manassas VA 20110.

His email address has not changed. There is finally space for a mini-RF&P world in the McKeever house...

May 23, 2000


Brass 4-8-4s in HO scale

In the high price range department-- Overland has announced a series of General, Governor and Statesman class 4-8-4 steamers:
(The following is excerpted from Overland Mail, their announcement newsletter, from Nov-Dec 1999)

I think I saw the price range of these to be about $1200-1400.. a wee bit out of my price-range!

January 26, 2000


RF&P Listserv announced

A new listserv for interest in the RF&P has been started. To subscribe, send a message to "LISTSERV@LISTS.PSU.EDU" with the following in the body: "Subscribe RF+P-L "

April 12, 1998


SEMRA -- Southeastern Model Railroad Association -- listserv announced.

Discussion on modelling railroads of the South East.

To subscribe, send a message to: semra-ml@usa.net with the subject line "SUBSCRIBE SEMRA".


Fredericksburg Station home to new restaurant

Claiborne's Chophouse restaurant opens in restored 1910 station. The restaurant, run by Claiborne Thomasson of Richmond, occupies the former waiting room and ticket area. The way for renovation was paved by Gary Musselman, who bought the building from CSX Corp for an undisclosed price.

Summarized from an AP article by Anne Gearan.


Former RF&P 91 repainted into Red and Yellow

SW 1500 # 91 was acquired by the Morristown and Erie in 1997. Until that time, it had kept its blue and gray. Below is what it looks like today:

Photo by Jeff Lubchansky

January 15, 1998


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