RF&P Subdivision

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RF&P Subdivision
to Landover
Anacostia Railroad Bridge
over Anacostia River
Landover Subdivision
CFP
113.8
M Street
Virginia Avenue Tunnel(freight only)
I‑395 (Center Leg Freeway)
CFP
112.2
Virginia Towerto Amtrak First Street Tunnel
CFP
111.9
L'Enfant Amtrak Virginia Railway Express WMATA Metro Logo.svg
I‑395 (Southwest Freeway)
CFP
111.3
Long Bridge (14th Street Bridge)
over Potomac River
Washington, DC
Virginia
border
CFP
110.1
RO Tower
Potomac Yard(closed)
CFP
105.1
Alexandria Amtrak Virginia Railway Express WMATA Metro Logo.svg
CFP
104.3
AF Tower
to …
CFP
103.9
Seminary
to NS Alexandria Yard
CFP
103.2
to Norfolk Southern Railway
CFP
102.8
Norfolk Southern Railway
I‑95 (Capital Beltway)
Occoquan River
CFP
88.9
Woodbridge Amtrak Virginia Railway Express
CFP
79.1
Quantico Amtrak Virginia Railway Express
Leeland Amtrak Virginia Railway Express
CFP
61.1
Dahlgren Junction
Rappahannock River
CFP
59.3
Fredericksburg Amtrak Virginia Railway Express
CFP
53.2
XR Tower
CFP
37.8
Milford Tower
I‑95
CFP
21.8
Doswell DiamondPiedmont Subdivision
I‑295
CFP
4.8
to Richmond Terminal Subdivision

The RF&P Subdivision is a railroad line owned and operated by CSX Transportation. It runs from Washington, D.C. to Richmond, Virginia, over lines previously owned by the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad. The line's name pays homage to that railroad, which was a predecessor to the CSX.

Route description[edit]

At the northern (eastern) end of the line, the RF&P Sub connects to the Capital Subdivision, which runs to Baltimore, Maryland. Just before the Anacostia Railroad Bridge on the Capital Sub is the Virginia Avenue Tunnel. South (west) of the tunnel is a branch to the Amtrak First Street Tunnel, which leads to Union Station and the Northeast Corridor. The Virginia Avenue Tunnel is used only for freight trains, while the First Street Tunnel is used only for passenger trains.

Continuing south, the RF&P Sub crosses the Potomac River over the Long Bridge into Virginia, and passes through Alexandria and Fredericksburg, ending in Richmond at the Richmond Terminal Subdivision.[1]

Alexandria Union Station, served by Amtrak and VRE

Current operation[edit]

The RF&P Sub is part of CSX's eastern seaboard line, and carries freight trains, as well as passenger trains for Amtrak and Virginia Railway Express (VRE). Freight traffic capacity on the subdivision has been limited by the dated design of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel. The tunnel is single-tracked and has restricted vertical clearance, which precludes the use of double-stack freight cars.

Proposed modifications[edit]

In 2008 CSX proposed improvements to the RF&P Sub in what would be a public-private partnership, as part of its National Gateway initiative.[2] The improvements would enable use of double-stack cars, and include a modified or rebuilt tunnel, and lowering of track levels at several presently-restricted roadway overpasses.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ CSX Transportation. "Baltimore Division Timetable No. 4." 2005-01-01.
  2. ^ CSX Corporation (2008). "CSX Announces National Gateway to Improve Flow of Freight." 2008-05-01.
  3. ^ Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Washington, DC (2009). "CSX National Gateway Projects in the Washington Region." Accessed 2009-12-05.