Richmond, VA & Carson, VA Print E-mail

Providing continuous coverage of CSX, Norfolk Southern and the Buckinghan Branch Railroad in Richmond, Va and more than 40 miles of Norfolk Southern's Norfolk District and CSX in the Petersburg, Va area and limited coverage of the Franklin District in Emporia, Va.

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Q409
Richmond, Va
Q303
Carson, Va
Q409

   Richmond, Va is served by multiple railroads including CSX’s predecessor routes C&O, RF&P, ACL, SCL and Norfolk Southern’s predecessor route SOU. The Buckingham Branch Railroad shortline also serves customers in Richmond with Amtrak supplying passenger service to the two Richmond stations, Main Street (RVM) and Staples Mill Road (RVR). This is a busy area hosting more than 2 dozen freight trains including CSX's "Juice Train" (Q140/141) and 20 Amtrak passenger trains each day through Richmond.

Carson, Virginia is located on CSX's North End Subdivision between Petersburg and the Virginia/North Carolina state line.  Most of the same trains traveling between Petersburg and Richmond on CSX also pass through Carson.  In addition to CSX, trains on Norfolk Southern's Norfolk District can be heard as they pass through and around the Petersburg area.

Richmond Area Stream Coverage

     
Carson Area Stream Coverage

CSX Richmond Terminal - ACCA Yard (xRF&P), North End (xACL), Bellwood (xSBD), and Hopewell (xSBD) SDs
Runs north-south and connects on the south end to the CSX North End SD at West AY, ARN 3.3, and the CSX Bellwood SD at Hermitage at SRN 3.5, and connects on the north end to the CSX RF&P SD at Greendale, CFP 4.8.

   Richmond Terminal Railfan Guide
   North End Railfan Guide Signal List
   Bellwood Railfan Guide Signal List

AAR Channel 32: 160.590 - Road and ACCA Yardmaster (Richmond, VA)
AAR Channel 45: 160.785 - MOW
AAR Channel 94: 161.520 - (FB Desk - Jacksonville, Fl)

Defect Detectors:
CSX North End Sub - "A Line"
   A3.0 (Broad Rock Road)
CSX Bellwood Sub - "S Line"
   S0.39 Hi_Wide DD (Brown Street)
   S4.0 (Marlboro)


CSX Rivanna (x C&O) and Peninsula (x C&O) SDs
Newport News, Va - Richmond, Va - Gladestone, Va

Peninsula SD runs east-west from Newport News, VA, CA14.1 to Richmond, VA and connects to the CSX Bellwood Sub & Buckingham Branch Railroad at AM Junction, CA85.5 and Rivanna SD at Rivanna Junction, CA84.5/CAB0.0, which runs east-west connecting with the James River SD at Gladestone, VA, CAB119.2.

   Rivanna Railfan Guide Signal List
   Peninsula Railfan Guide Signal List

AAR Channel 8: 160.230 - Road and Fulton Yardmaster
AAR Channel 14: 160.320 - Dispatcher (FI Desk - Jacksonville, Fl)

Defect Detectors:
CSX Peninsula SD
   CA79.8 (Miller Road)
CSX Rivanna SD
   CAB11.2 (Lorraine)


CSX RF&P (x RF&P) SD
Richmond, VA - Wasington, DC

Runs north-south and connects on the north end to the CSX Capital SD at M Street, CFP 113.8, in Washington, DC and on the south end to the CSX Richmond Terminal SD at Greendale, CFP 4.8, in Richmond, VA.

   RF&P Railfan Guide Signal List

AAR Channel 20: 160.410 - Dispatcher (BD Desk - Jacksonville, Fl)
AAR Channel 96: 161.550 - Road

Defect Detectors:
   CFP 8.1 - Glen Allen


Buckingham Branch Railroad Richmond & Allegheny Division (x CSX Piedmont SD, x C&O)> (Track Warrant Control)
Richmond, VA to Clifton Forge, VA

Runs east-west and connects on the east end to the CSX Peninsula SD at AM Junction, CA 85.5, Richmond, VA and on the west end to the CSX James River SD at JC Cabin, CA 276.0, Clifton Forge, VA.

   BBRR Railfan Guide Signal List

AAR Channel 23: 160.455 - Road and BB Control Center (BBCC - Staunton, VA)


Norfolk Southern Richmond District (Track Warrant Control)
West Point, VA - Burkeville, VA

Runs north-south from West Point, VA, F178.5, to Richmond, VA freight yard, F139.0, and connects to the NS Blue Ridge District at Burkeville, VA, F86/N133.4/B0.0.

   Richmond District Railfan Guide Signal List

AAR Channel 72: 161.190 - Road and Dispatcher

      CSX North End and Portsmouth SDs
North End SD runs north-south and connects on the north end to the CSX Richmond Terminal SD at West AY, ARN 3.3, and the CSX South End SD at Charlie Baker, A119.9 and connects to the Portsmouth SD at Weldon Connection, A81.1/SA77.5. The Portsmouth SD runs east-west from Weldon Connection, A81.1/SA77.5 to connect with the NPBL in Portsmouth, Va,SA2.1 (end of track).

   North End Railfan Guide Signal List
   Portsmouth Railfan Guide Signal List

AAR Channel 32:  160.590 - Road and Dispatcher (FB Desk - Jacksonville, Fl)
AAR Channel 94:  161.520 - (FB Desk - Jacksonville, Fl)

Defect Detectors:
CSX North End SD - "A Line"
   A33.7 (Carson)
   A58.2 (Fox)

Norfolk Southern Norfolk District
Runs east-west from Norfolk, VA, N8.4, to Crewe, VA, N131.6.


   Norfolk District Railfan Guide Signal List

AAR Channel 72: 161.190 - Road and Dispatcher
Track Side Analyzers:
NS Norfolk District
   N61.4 (Waverly)
   N75.0 (New Bohemia)
   N89.0 (Jack)
   N104.4 (Ford)

Norfolk Southern Franklin District
Runs from Suffolk, VA, N22.6/FD17.2, to Edgerton, VA, FD95.2 (end of track)
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   Franklin District Railfan Guide Signal List

AAR Channel 72: 161.190 - Road and Dispatcher
AAR Channel 76: 161.250 - Yard

Additional Feeds in Central Virginia
Between Richmond & Carson: CSX And Norfolk Southern - Petersburg, Va
North of Richmond: CSX and Buckingham Branch Railroad - Ashland, Va
West of Richmond - Buckingham Branch Railroad & Norfolk Southern - Orange, Va
West of Richmond -
CSX & Norfolk Southern - Lynchburg, Va
East of Petersburg:
CSX & Norfolk Southern - Suffolk, Va
West of Petersburg: Norfolk Southern - Crewe, Va
West of Petersburg: Norfolk Southern - Roanoke, Va


Additional Resource Links
Va Amtraks Listing - A timetable of the 25+ Amtrak trains traversing the RF&P each day.
Old Dominion Railfans- The Yahoo! Old Dominion Railfans group focusing on sharing heads-up, unusual moves, photos, maps, history and information on the rail lines across the state of VA which carry a diverse amount of traffic. 
Sufffolk Audio Stream - Adjacent railroad radio coverage east of Richmond and east of the Chester Audio Stream for NS and CSX in/out of the Hampton Roads area. Intermodal trains from CSX and NS come to Suffolk and enter the Commonwealth Railway on their way to APM Terminals in Portsmouth. Other intermodals terminate and originate at Virginia International Terminals in Norfolk. Coal, grain, and merchandise trains are also common trains on both CSX and Norfolk Southern.
Rails in Virginia - Jeff Hawkin's Railfan Guides
Walt's Hobby Shop - The fine people who donated the computer for this feed and suppliers of all your Model Railroading needs and more located in Petersburg, VA.
Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society - The Old Dominion Chapter of the NRHS is a volunteer based, educational organization dedicated to the preservation of past, present, and future railroading in Central Va.
BBRR · Buckingham Branch - The Yahoo! BBRR Buckingham Branch group with information on the Buckingham Branch and CSX trains operating on the Buckingham Branch trackage, train sightings and operational notes.
VRFD - The Yahoo! Virginia RailFan group focusing on railroading in the states of VA (especially northern VA where VRE operates), MD, DC and surrounding areas.
OS-VRFE - The Yahoo! companion group to VRFD (formerly VRFE) for OS, Heads-Up and related time-sensitive/perishable railfan info, covering northern VA, MD, and DC.
Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad Historical Society - The purpose of the Society shall be to promote and preserve the history of the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad through education, historical and technical research, preservation and modeling.
RFandPRR - This Yahoo! discussion group is dedicated to the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad whose slogan was "Linking North and South". The mission of this group is to link together those who are interested in what was once a proud railroad.

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