Museum


The Rappahannock Railroad Museum is housed in four restored pieces of historic railway rolling stock: a Pennsylvania B-60B baggage car, Richmond, Fredericksburg, & Potomac Extended Vision Caboose, a Norfolk & Western Standard Cupola Caboose, Pennsylvania X-58 boxcar, and also includes several motorcars. The museum is staffed and operated solely by volunteers who open these cars every Saturday morning from 9:00 AM to noon for the public to tour and view the tools and artifacts used by the Railroad workers in the mid 20th Century. The museum is located in the Spotsylvania County Industrial Park off of US Route 2/17 in Fredericksburg. Map to Museum Interested in helping out? We welcome new members to our group of railroad enthusiasts. No prior railroad experience is needed. Just the desire to preserve rail history and educate others. Feel free to come by the museum on a Saturday morning and tour. The museum is self guided with signs explaining the various tools and equipment. Members are on site to answer any questions beyond the exhibit signs. To see a sample of our restoration work on the museum cars please visit the Photos section of this website.

Norfolk & Western C-31P 518620
518620

This caboose was built in 1969 by the International Car Company of Kent, OH for the Norfolk & Western Railway. The car was used in continuous service up until the time it was donated to the museum in March of 1990 by Norfolk Southern Corporation. 518620 was seen routinely on coal trains throughout the N&W and predecessor Norfolk Southern system. This was the first piece of rolling stock donated to the museum. The caboose received a cosmetic restoration several years ago and is in good condition with a working gas stove.

Pennsylvania B-60B 9325

Built in 1928 by the Pennsylvania Railway as number 9325 and was renumbered to 7533 when Penn Central acquired the car. The museum received the car through a donation made by Conrail in late 1990, when the car was in storage at Wilmington, DE. Since the museum acquired the car, it has been through an ongoing restoration. Part of the restoration included the car being repainted from Penn Central Green, and restoration of the interior. The car is now receiving work on the interior lighting and repairs to the diaphragm and side doors.
Pennsylvania X-58 112171
Boxcar
Built in November of 1964 for Fruit Growers Express by the Pennsylvania Railroad's car shops in Holidaysburg, PA. The X-58 was the largest class of boxcars built by for the Pennsylvania. They were 50' refrigerated cars and had many different variations. It saw service through Penn Central, Conrail, and CSX The car was renumbered during its time on Conrail to 363983, and under CSX to NYC 363983. In December of 2005 the car went into storage at Fruit Growers Express in Jacksonville, FL after its long career on the rails. The car was purchased in May of 2006 and arrived in Fredericksburg on July 4th of 2006. The car is in excellent shape both physically and mechanically.
Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac
Extended Vision Caboose 905
905
905 was built in May of 1973 by International Car Company in Buffalo, NY for the Richmond Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad. This caboose saw service on many of RF&P’s freights between Richmond, VA and Potomac Yard in Alexandria, VA. This car was in pool service with the Seaboard Coast Line in Richmond, making frequent trips throughout the Seaboard system. The car was semi-retired and put up for sale before being donated to the museum in March of 1990 by the RF&P. 905 is in the process of a restoration, with a working stove installed and a coat of paint. The next step is to restencil the exterior