The RF&P- CSX Merger in Color by Kurt Reisweber
Latest in a series of books about railroad mergers from Morning Sun is the RF&P-CSX Merger in Color by C&OHS member Kurt Reisweber. This book has the standard 128 pages and is profusely illustrated, all in color photos. It covers the Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad in its final years beginning with the transition to Amtrak for passenger service in 1971 and continues with photos and descriptions of changes wrought by CSX after the merger in 1991. The most recent photos and text cover the period until 2017, so the book covers a period of forty-six years.
Most of the photos were taken by the author with a few others shot by friends of the author covering gaps in the coverage. A few early shots at Broad Street Station in Richmond covering Amtrak operations there are featured early and are supplemented by shots of the new Staples Mill Station (including on its very first day in operation). There are many photos out on the line including many locations seen before and a few rarely seen in print ever.
As a bonus there is a short chapter on the RF&P as a real estate company written by Dick Beadles, who was the next-to-last president of the independent RF&P. As a reminder for C&OHS members, the RF&P was owned one-sixth by the C&O, along with the Atlantic Coast Line, Seaboard Air Line, Southern Railway, Pennsylvania Railroad, and Baltimore & Ohio Railroad.
Hardcover, 128 pages.