Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Historical Society, Inc.
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By mail (all applications should be sent to this address):

RF&P Railroad Historical Society, Inc.
PO Box 9097
Fredericksburg VA 22403-9097
Executive Committee:
  • President Bill Sheild
  • Vice President James McDonald
  • Secretary Rob McKeever
  • Treasurer Bill Gellerman
  • Officer-At-Large Stan Short

    Appointed Offices:

  • Acting Membership Chairman Jim Musgrove
  • Newsletter Editor Jim Musgrove
  • Modeling Editor Craig Harrison
  • Company Store Manager Ron Herfurth
  • Webmaster Rob McKeever
  • Archives Chair Dick Eggleston

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    William E. Griffin Jr Memorial Archives Fund:

  • Item 000001, Form 19 donated by Stan Short Society Archives/Collections


    The Society Archives were established by action of the Society at its general membership meeting in May, 2005. Member Russ Dolbear volunteered to be Archivist, and provided a temporary storage space for the archives. He provided further research and recommendations on a method of identifying and cataloging items received for the archives.

    The formal policy document was adopted by the Executive Committee early in 2006, and laid out the following broad categories of items:

    • Material and Physical Items
    • Digital Scans, Files, and Images
    • Photographs
    • Maps and Drawings
    • Documentation and Correspondence
    • Educational Texts, Published Material, and Manuscripts
    • Other

    Items received to date

    To date, such materials include photos/slides, paper/forms, railroad publications such as timetables/magazines and track charts/blueprints. The Archives is also responsible for the long-term corporate records of the Society. The physical storage spot is in a climate-controlled facility in King George, Virginia.

    Some examples (click on image for larger photo):

    RF&P trainman and conductor hats

    Bound paper at shelf location B-7

    Bound paper at shelf locations C-6 and D-6

    Daily train movement sheets, bound in 6 month sets, starting 1921 through 1937 in photo; collection spans years 1898-1956 (not complete)

    First permanent home for the Archives

    At the 2nd Quarter 2016 Meeting, the Society announced its lease of space at 311 Central Road in Fredericksburg, in the former Wilson Brothers building. The two rooms comprise about 600 square feet, and will allow storage and workspace on one site. At the conclusion of the meeting at Salem Church Library, the meeting was recessed to reconvene at the new site. If you are interested in partipating in the Archives committee effort toward same, please send a note to Bill Sheild,, and he'll add you to the email chain.

    The recent effort is owed in large part to several members, including Stan Short, Dick Eggleston and Morris Pitts, to see the Archives be accessible to the membership, with a vision toward at least one archival work session each quarter outside the Society membership meetings. The Society's adopted 2016 budget includes funds for rent of a physical location beyond the storage unit, as well as archives preservation efforts. The EC approved the lease in late March 2016 and the lease was signed on April 1, 2016. Day to day archival spending has been delegated to the heads of the Archives committee by the EC from the 2016 Archives budget line item. Dick Eggleston has accepted appointment as the Chair of the Archives Committee.

    Archival Work Sessions

    Calendar coming soon. Likely initial goal to be March, June, September and November, but may be more frequent than that, perhaps monthly. There will also need to be general help to move the Archives in storage in King George once a once a schedule is released.

    William E. Griffin Jr Memorial Archives Fund

    The EC formally established the William E. Griffin, Jr., Memorial Archives Fund on April 30, 2016 to honor the memory of the late Bill Griffin. Mr. Griffin was a long-time RF&P employee, a noted railroad author, and he helped to keep its memory alive before the formation of the Society. Any donations to the Griffin Memorial Archives Fund will be restricted to use for Archives purposes only.

    Catalog Planned

    An online catalog of items in the Archives is planned, but a format has not yet been agreed to. Access to the Archives themselves has not been determined, but copies of some items may be offered in the
    Company Store in the future.

    Receipt of Items

    Since the Society is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) exempt organization, the Society is able to accept donations of items for the archives, with the donor responsible for estimating their value. While to most this is small, it does mean the Society could accept equipment and/or real estate from a willing donor.

    If you have an item or items you wish to donate, please contact Bill Sheild, Society President, at

    Online Access by members

    As part of a website overhaul that will include individual member login capability, it is planned to have some items from the archives posted behind this firewall.

    Archives Contacts

    Archives Committee:
    Archives Committee Chair: Dick Eggleston:
    Secretary: Rob McKeever,

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