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Richmond, Fredricksburg & Potomac RR 4-8-4


Richmond Frederiockburg and Potomac Railroad 4-8-4 #613 John Marshall Baldwin #71992 1945 TI Drivers 27x30 cylinders Sold for Scrap October 1959

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Seaboard Air Line Railroad Hermitage Yards in Richmond VA - 1926

The RF&P Railroad Historical Society [www.rfandp.org/ ] provided much information about this photograph. It shows the Seaboard Air Lines’ Hermitage Yard. in Richmond, VA. The highway bridge is Boulevard. The RF&P main line trackage is near the lower left and going up to the right and heading into Broad Street Station. AY Tower and the wye for the ACL (RF&P’s James River Branch) is off of this scene and is to the lower left.

The steam around the bridge is apparently from the steam locomotive going right towards Broad Street Station, supposedly having just been serviced at Acca Engine Facilities and heading to pick up a train loading at the station.

In this photo, we are generally looking east. At the top is a race track and the fairgrounds but I think that is the horse racing track. A sign there says, "Racing begins in the First Week of October". The track may go back to the origin of “ACCA”.

Along the left side there are two long buildings. This was an ALCO parts manufacturing installation. There are a lot of interesting work-in-progress scenes in this photo, including a steam wreck derrick that is getting fired up for service.

Many thanks to William Shield and Morris Pitts of the RF&P Railroad Historical Society for the description of the scenes shown in this pictured.


RFandP RR - History

2021 Regional Rendezvous

With the eight regional rendezvous happening this year, we would like you to start planning on capturing event information. This could include photos, event winners, promotion flyers, etc. Please contact us at [email protected] when you are ready to upload your information. Or if you already have a location, please send the link information to the same email address. Thanks!!

Wyoming Patch Images Needed

Looking for Patch Images for the Wyoming Pow Wow Patch page. Specifically looking for an image for 1974, 75, 78, 81, 82, 85, 04, 05, 06,12, 13. If one was not made, let me know and I will mark it accordingly. Thanks for your help.

National FCF Trades and Totems

Are you an FCF member in the US? Do you have a trade and or totem? If so, we would love to capture it on a new US FCF Members Trades and Totems page. (view new page)

This page has been created for a few reasons.

  1. We have been asked to capture information.
  2. I received a FCF item and I have no idea whose totem is on it. As FCF members trade for equipment, you never know where one of the items you created may end up in the US.
  3. I am needing an item for my outfit, who makes that item (for trade or purchase)?

Are you not listed? If not, please send us your Name, FCF Name, District, and Trade(s) to [email protected]

If you would like for FCF members to contact you, please sent us your email and we can tie it to your row in the table. ([email protected])

Photo Albums

A new "Photo Albums" option was added to the left menu. This option is planning to be used for those pages with lots of photos. You can bring up one page and have all the photos shown. Just click on a photo and then it will automatically advanced to the next photo 5 seconds later. Photos will continue to be added as they are categorized.

National RRH Patch Collection (still available for sale)

The National Royal Rangers History website still has some Patch sets remaining. If you are still interested, please order soon before they run out.

There are currently two different patch sets available. The district set has the 61 different districts included. The Second set has the National organizations, Regions, and denominations included (20 patches).

Here are samples of some of the patches

2021 Contributor Patch Requirements Available

The requirements have been updated for 2021 to ensure we continue to capture Royal Rangers History.

The purpose of creating this patch was an idea to see if we can get leaders to start submitting any type of Royal Rangers historical items. As always we are continuously looking for any Royal Rangers History. Some of the items we would like to concentrate on for 2021 include
1. Event Photos
2. Event Packets (Pow Wow, FCF Events, Derby)
3. Staff Listings (both current and past)
4. Publications (newsletters, flyers, posters)

This history can be for any level of Royal Rangers. Outpost, Section, District, Region, National, and International.

For 2021, the following criteria will determine if you earned a patch. However, please keep in mind that we receive a volume of information and it is processed in first come, first serve order. Therefore, if you submit something and it has already been submitted, it will not be counted toward your total.

When submitting your history, please make sure you let us know as much as you can about the item. We need would like the following at a minimum: where it is from (district, section, outpost), name of event, and year. Please be as descriptive as you can be, and we will post the information online in the appropriate area of the History website.

The items for 2021 are (must complete 3 of the 4 categories):

  1. Ten (10) event documents (current or past events)
    1. Clean scans required (PDF preferred)
    2. Documents must be complete
    3. If a document has already been received, blurry, or if document is incomplete, it will not count
    4. Identify the region/district/section where the item originated

    Information the history support team gathers does not count towards anyone’s totals. We are constantly scanning the Internet for items to add to the site. Everything to be considered must be emailed or mailed to us.

    We only produce 100 contributor patches and it is understood that everyone will not be able to receive a patch. Remember, the site is "Preserving History for Future Royal Rangers!"

    Mark Oliver and Jonathan Trower

    Eagle Rock Simpkins Cabin History

    Have you ever wondered about the history of different buildings at Eagle rock. Read about the Simpkins cabin that was recently published by Ozark Alive. Read about it here.

    FCF Member Profiles / Trades

    We are working on a new idea to see if individuals would like add FCF information about themselves. This information can be found under the FCF section for each district. In order to get this idea started, we have asked Rick Beebe, North Texas, to be the first person. Everyone around the US is knowledgeable about the FCF necklaces he makes and you can view his page here.

    Royal Rangers - The First 10 Years.

    The Great Years - A Brief History of Royal Rangers by Johnnie Barnes - Read the History

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    National Training Camp (NTC) History

    Did you attend NTC? Do you remember "The Patrol Method" slides that were shown? There are two versions shown. Take a look at these videos today and bring back some memories.

    FCF History

    Do you have additional FCF History you would like to share? If so, sent it to us. Enjoy these four documents.


    MI vs RR Head to Head record in IPL history

    Updated - Apr 28, 2021 3:54 pm

    Rohit Sharma and Sanju Samson. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

    Mumbai Indians is certainly the most dominating team currently in the IPL scenario. They were the champions in the 2019 and the 2020 season. The team has maintained its core group of players which is one of the major reasons for their consistent performance in the tournament.

    Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have failed to impress in recent years. They finished at number 7 and 8 respectively in the last 2 seasons. Rajasthan Royals were the champions of the inaugural IPL season, but have disappointed with their performance since then. This year MI and RR will be playing both their league matches against each other at Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.

    Head to Head record:

    Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals are neck and neck against each other in the 23 games in IPL history. Both teams have won 11 games each while 1 has resulted in a washout. However, since 2018, Rajasthan are ahead winning 5 out of 6 matches they have played against Mumbai. In IPL 2018 and 2019, RR won all their 4 games which they played against MI in the league stage. The IPL 2014 game between these teams when Aditya Tare hit a six to ensure a playoff berth for his side is still etched in the memories of cricket fans.

    Top Performers:

    In the current team players, Sanju Samson has scored the most runs (485) in the clashes between these two teams, followed by Kieron Pollard (357) and Rohit Sharma (357). In the wickets tally, Kieron Pollard (15) is at the top followed by Jofra Archer (12) and Jasprit Bumrah (11).

    Last season results:

    In IPL 2020, both teams won 1 game each they played against. In the first game, Mumbai posted a total of 193/4 with the help of an explosive knock from Suryakumar Yadav. The stylish batsman smashed 79 runs off 47 balls including 11 fours and 2 sixes. Chasing this target, Rajasthan were bundled out for 136 runs losing the game by 57 runs. Jasprit Bumrah was the pick of the bowlers taking 4 wickets for 20 runs.

    In the second game, Ben Stokes played one of the most memorable innings slamming a fiery century. Mumbai put up a big total of 195/5 while batting first, including a blistering knock of 60 runs from Hardik Pandya in only 21 balls. In response to this total, Ben Stokes opened for RR and smashed 107 runs in only 60 balls.

    He hit 14 fours and 3 sixes in his knock. He was well supported by Sanju Samson who smacked 54 runs off 31 balls with the help of 4 fours and 3 sixes.


    Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes RR

    The year 1879 brought new life to Franklin County, Maine. The Sandy River Railroad was born from the need local people felt for a railroad to connect northern Franklin County with the Maine Central Railroad, which terminated in Farmington.

    Rangeley, a resort area, wanted public transportation, as well as did Strong, Phillips, Kingfield and other communities. Vast tracts of timber grew in northern Franklin County, with no way to ship the manufactured wood products to southern markets.

    The economical two-foot gauge was chosen, which required a minimum of grading, smaller ties and rails, and smaller locomotives and rolling stock. The two foot gauge concept was brought to the Sandy River RR by George Mansfield of Massachusetts. Mr. Mansfield had seen the Welsh two foot gauge railways and initiated the use of this gauge in the U.S. on the short lived (Nov.1877 – June 1878) Billerica & Bedford RR in his home state. We found this photo of Sandy River #2 taken just after she was out-shopped with a new smoke box and larger tender.

    The original 18 mile Sandy River Railroad ran between Farmington and Phillips via Strong. In 1883, the Franklin and Megantic Railroad extended the two-foot gauge track from Strong to Kingfield. Following that, the Kingfield & Dead River RR was built from Kingfield to Carrabassett and on to Bigelow.


    1890 saw the birth of the Phillips and Rangeley Railroad, which began operations the following year. This 28.5 mile extension of the narrow gauge brought an increased tourist trade to the Rangeley area. This line had many long, steep grades and sharp curves. The “Rangeley Express” with its three round trips daily from Farmington to Rangeley, carried high-class city folk for weeks of relaxation in the beautiful Rangeley Lakes area. Here you see a colorized postcard of Olivette one of the prettiest of the lake steamboats that sailed the summer crowd to their campsites.


    Several large lumber mills sprung up along the railroad. Timber was cut and loaded onto flatcars and log bunks. Branch lines were built into timber country. Larger locomotives were purchaced to haul the long freights that emerged from these mills. Phillips became a bustling railroad town where all major repairs were made to the rolling stock, and where new flatcars and boxcars were constructed. The beautiful colorized postcard from this era indicates the importance and prosperity of this important hub on the railroad.

    Strong received much passenger service. Freights originating at the plywood mill at Carrabassett, the big lumber mill at Bigelow, Kingfield’s wood-turning mills, and Strong’s toothpick and clothespin mills added revenue to the narrow gauge.


    In 1904, the Eustis Railroad was built from a point on the P&R a short distance from Rangeley to serve the timber lands to the north of Rangeley. This was strictly a logging branch, with few passenger trains ever serving it.

    The Madrid Railroad, owned by the P&R, yielded more timber for the big mill at Toothaker Pond.
    Financial difficulties plagued this collection of two-foot gauge railroads quite frequently, until a banker from Gardiner, Maine purchased the controlling shares of these lines, and in 1908 merged them into one railroad, the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad, or SR&RL.

    This new railroad owned several hundred boxcars and flatcars, 20 locomotives, about 20 passenger cars and cabooses, several snow plows, flangers, and work cars. Besides this equipment, the SR&RL owned over 120 miles of track – the longest two-foot gauge railroad in America.


    The Maine Central Railroad acquired ownership of the SR&RL in 1911, owning it until 1923. Many improvements were made during these years. New locomotives were purchased and much rolling stock was added to the roster. Locomotives and cars were equipped with air brakes and automatic couplers. During the 1920’s, trucks and automobiles began a new way of life for Franklin County residents, and by 1930 the railroad was declining. Trains were fewer, and passengers lessened.

    Railbuses were constructed from highway buses at the shops in Phillips, and replaced steam passenger trains during the spring, summer, and fall months.


    The SR&RL’s demise came in 1935-1936. Cars were sold or burned, locomotives were scrapped, and the rail was ripped up. This left only the empty grades, buildings, and an occasional boxcar or passenger car acquired by an area resident or business, mostly for storage uses.

    Today’s SR&RL RR


    Since 1970, an effort has been made to rebuild a part of this railroad, restore some of the passenger and freight cars, and lay rail on a portion of the old P&R grade in Phillips. This purely volunteer effort began as the Sandy River Railroad Park, continued as a division of the Phillips Historical Society, and today operates as a non-profit corporation under the name of the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad.


    On operating days we give rides behind steam locomotive Monson #3, a 1912 Vulcan Locomotive Works 0-4-4T, on lease from the Maine Narrow Gauge RR Museum, or a replica of Sandy River locomotive #4 hauling passengers in either an 1884 vintage coach and/or a caboose built in the 1980’s. Our ride includes a walking/talking tour of the site of the covered bridge and our new, 8 stall roundhouse facility built on the foundations of the P&R “Old Stone Fort.” The short ride through the woods, along the edge of the fields, and the glimpse of the Sandy River through the coach windows is something you won’t forget. The swaying of the passenger car you are in, the clickety-clack of wheels over the joints, the rumble of the locomotive, and the sound of the whistle bring back the past.


    At our station site on Mill Hill Road (aka Bridge St.), you can examine exhibits in the Sanders Station and purchase tickets and souvenirs in the Phillips Freight House, both original SR&RL structures that have been preserved and moved to this location.

    In 1985, the 50th anniversary of the demise of the common carrier operations of the SR&RL, the name was once again activated, with the Sandy River Railroad Park once again becoming the Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad. Long term projects focus on car restoration, with more distant hopes of increasing the length of our ride.


    Volunteers and donations are always welcome. Our desires are to preserve, restore and operate as much of the railroad as possible and to provide a means of perpetuating the memory of this fine piece of Maine industrial and economic development. Please come and visit us.


    L. Johnson & Co.

    Copy of pen and ink print showing wood fired steam locomotive with passenger train circa 1850

    Copy of print showing RF&P RR Steam Locomotive 579 with freight train.

    Copy of print showing RF&P RR Steam Locomotive 602 frontal view.

    Copy of print showing RF&P RR Steam Locomotive (Governor class, number unknown) crossing the Occoquan River.

    Copy of print showing RF&P RR Steam Locomotive 602.

    Copy of print showing RF&P Steam Locomotive with passenger train in tow crossing Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, VA.

    Copy of Builder's Photograph of RF&P Steam Locomotive Number 551.

    Copy of Cameo Photograph of RF&P Steam Locomotive Number 306.

    Copy of print of RF&P Steam Locomotive (Number Unknown) leaving Broad Street Station with passenger train in tow.

    Copy of print of RF&P Steam Locomotive Number 307 dead heading through Hermitage Yard in Richmond, VA.

    Copy of print of RF&P 400 Class Steam Locomotive (Number unknown) with freight train in tow crossing Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg, VA.

    Copy of Builder's Photograph of RF&P Steam Locomotive Number 551.


    These are some of the various logos used by the LIRR though the years. Click on the fourth image, Dashing Dan, for a larger view. Click on Dashing Dottie in the fifth image for the story of her first appearance.

    If you would like to make any additions or have any corrections, please let ME know.

    *Note: This website is not affiliated in any way with MTA Long Island Rail Road, and has been created for historical information purposes only. The official website of MTA Long Island Rail Road is located HERE .

    Also note that all pictures and text appearing in this website (except those specifically attributed to other sources) are Copyright 1998-2013 Robert W. Andersen. Permission is granted to others to use most of the pictures and text for non-commercial informational purposes, provided the source (either myself, Robert W. Andersen or by reference to this website) is acknowledged. Other pictures attributed to other persons, such as Dave Keller, Ron Ziel, Big John or Vincent Seyfried, may not be used without their permission.


    SRH vs RR Head to Head record in IPL history

    Updated - May 1, 2021 11:11 am

    Sanju Samson and David Warner. (Photo Source: Twitter)

    Rajasthan Royals had a miserable season in IPL 2020. Their performance in the last few years has been very disappointing. They finished on the eighth and the seventh position respectively in IPL 2020 and 2019. This year, the RR team is playing with a new captain in form of Sanju Samson who is replacing Steve Smith. SRH on the other hand have performed quite well in recent years. They won their maiden IPL title in 2016 and reached the finals in 2018.

    Head to Head record:

    There is not much difference between the two teams when it comes to their record against each other in previous meets. Among 13 matches in which these teams have clashed in IPL, 6 have been won by Rajasthan Royals while SRH have won the rest 7 games. These two sides met in IPL 2013 eliminator where Rajasthan registered a 4-wicket victory.

    Top performers:

    Among the current team players, Sanju Samson has scored the most runs (382) when these sides have met in the IPL. He is followed by David Warner (241), Manish Pandey (215) and Kane Williamson (148). Among bowlers, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is at the top spot with 9 wickets, followed by Rashid Khan (7) and Jaydev Unadkat (6).

    Last season results:

    In IPL 2020, RR and SRH won one game each when they played against each other. In the first game, RR won a thriller from a very difficult situation courtesy of explosive knocks by Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag. SRH posted a total of 158/4 in the first innings with the help of fine knocks from David Warner and Manish Pandey. Chasing this target, RR lost their first 5 wickets for only 78 runs. From there, Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag shared an 85-run partnership to help the team win by 5 wickets.

    In the second game, SRH registered a comfortable win as they chased down a total of 155 runs in 18.1 overs winning the game by 8 wickets. Manish Pandey smashed 83 runs off only 47 balls for them with the help of 4 fours and 8 sixes, while Vijay Shankar hit 52 runs off 51 balls. Earlier in the first innings, Jason Holder picked up 3 wickets for 33 runs to restrict RR to a manageable score.

    Date Winner Won by Venue
    22-Oct-2020 SRH 8 Wickets Dubai
    11-Oct-2020 RR 5 Wickets Dubai
    27-Apr-2019 RR 7 Wickets Jaipur
    30-Mar-2019 SRH 5 Wickets Hyderabad
    29-Apr-2018 SRH 11 Runs Jaipur
    9-Apr-2018 SRH 9 Wickets Hyderabad
    7-May-2015 SRH 7 Runs Mumbai
    16-Apr-2015 RR 6 Wickets Visakhapatnam
    8-May-2014 SRH 32 Runs Ahmedabad
    18-Apr-2014 RR 4 Wickets Abu Dhabi
    22-May-2013 RR 4 Wickets Delhi
    17-May-2013 SRH 23 Runs Hyderabad
    27-Apr-2013 RR 8 Wickets Jaipur

    For all the latest IPL news, live scores, schedule, point table & updates, stay tuned to CricTracker.


    Name of Junction of Southern and RF&P?

    What is the current name of the junction of the NS (Southern Main) and the former RF&P in Alexandria where Potomac Yard used to be?

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    With all of the names, locations and time frames it might help if you were more specific in what you were looking for Mike.

    It was my understanding that the main interchange between Southern and the RF&P at AF Tower was located south of Alexandria's Union Station and several miles south of Potomac Yards. The AF Tower was located near Southern's Seminary Station. Some information on this location can be found at http://www.railwaymailservicel. /aftower/aftower.htm .

    There was a second interchange at Pot Yard where the Washington & Old Dominion's tracks, owned by Southern, crossed the RF&P on a bridge. I believe the W&OD called this location either Alexandria Junction or Potomac Yard, but it had other names in the past. Since Southern did not sell its tracks east of Pot Yard to the W&OD, they resumed operation of that portion of the line after the C&O abandoned the W&OD in the 1960s.

    Before Pot Yard and Union Station were built, Southern and its predecessors connected with predecessors of the RF&P* at a point just north of the then boundary of Alexandria at a location sometimes known as the Racetrack, because it was the location of St. Asaph Racetrack. I believe the connection was originally constructed by the USMRR during the Civil War, and was abandoned by Southern after Pot Yard became operational.

    (*Technically this is misleading because the RF&P dates from the 1830s. The tracks north of Quantico though were owned by companies that at one time were connected with the Pennsy, and which were later acquired by the RF&P.)


    A Brief History Of Raton Pass

    During May of 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was completed opening the west to trade and development.  Following the completion of this line new railroads began spreading throughout the region, which included the Santa Fe and Denver & Rio Grande Railway. 

    In 1876 the Santa Fe had reached Pueblo, Colorado along with the D&RG and the fight to cross Raton ensued.  At the time the pass was owned by Richens "Uncle Dick" Wootton, who lived in the region since the 1850s, literally during the American Frontier era when Indians still controlled much of the region. 

    More Reading.

    Having just recently crossed Raton Pass, Santa Fe F7A #309-L is stopped at Raton New Mexico with train #23, the westbound "Grand Canyon," on August 19, 1967. Roger Puta photo.

    Despite having to defend himself at times from natives, Confederate loyalists, and Mother Nature herself, Wootton actually became a fairly successful businessman when he opened a hotel, tavern, and tollgate along the Santa Fe Trail near Fishers Peak which drew many patrons. 

    An A-B-B-A set of Santa Fe F3's have the "Super Chief" on Raton Pass in a publicity photo dated September 7, 1959. Roger Plummer photo.

    Robinson also sent engineer Lewis Kingman on horseback heading north from Cimmaron, New Mexico.  As it turns out Rio Grande personnel were also in the area but unaware that rival crews were also there and ultimately were beaten to the punch AT&SF crews found Wootton first and were able to negotiate a deal for the railroad to build over Raton Pass. 

    While the Santa Fe may have gained the rights to Raton it was still a difficult proposition in actually building a railroad over the pass.  The railroad originally completed a line over the mountain in 1878, a temporary and torturous route that featured switchbacks, 6% grades, and curves as sharp as 16 degrees. 

    A famous Fred Harvey postcard, circa 1953, showing Santa Fe's "Super Chief' climbing Raton Pass, led by F7A #304-L.

    After the pass was crossed the Santa Fe continued eastward through New Mexico and eventually reached Arizona and much of California.   Later, the railroad double-tracked much of the pass and constructed a second, 2,787-foot bore through the mountain that was graded to 0.158% (much easier than the original's 1.9% grade). 

    For all of the improvements, Raton was always an operational headache for the Santa Fe, as was any main line that featured grades above 3%. 

    This new route diverted most of the railroad's transcontinental traffic off of Raton (this line is now part of BNSF's main line referred to as the Transcon).  However, the original line continued to see several trains per day including the crack Super Chiefਊnd El Capitanਊs well as several coal trains from nearby mines. 

    During the steam era one could regularly witness double-headed 2-8-8-2s and 2-10-2s tackling the grades either moving freights or assisting passenger consists. 

    As the years have passed train movements have ebbed and flowed over Raton Pass.  Today, it has lost much of the local coal movements that once moved steadily out of the region.  Additionally, much of the priority traffic has been picked up over Belen and the Transcon route.  

    Santa Fe 2-10-2's #3814 and #3822, along with 4-8-4 #3768, triple-head train #19, the westbound "Chief" (Chicago - Los Angeles), near Wootton, Colorado along Raton Pass on December 29, 1940. Otto Perry photo.

    Still, Raton refuses to give up the ghost and today acts primarily as a relief valve occasionally seeing hot-shot movements such as "Z"-symbolled intermodals or United Parcel Service (UPS) pre-blocked movements. 

    There is also Amtrak's Southwest Chief which continues to use the line.  Most other trains passing over Raton are strings of empty coal hoppers or "bare-table" well cars (intermodal). 

    It is interesting to wonder what the future holds for the country's steepest main line still in operation although it appears that for now we will continue to see the latest locomotives tackle Santa Fe's original transcontinental route to the west coast.

    (Thanks to " Raton Panorama " from the August, 1946 issue of Trains , " Crown Of The Santa Fe " by William Diven from the February, 1997 issue of Trains , and " Raton Passed " by William Diven from the November, 2005 issue of Trains as primary references for this article.)


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