Preserve Railroading History!

57690695_1623262590361625_r.jpegWe are raising money to benefit the preservation of an piece of railroading history. From the earliest days of railroading in the United States, freight cars were held together by a “link and pin” coupler. While inexpensive, these couplers were dangerous to workers who had to connect the cars manually and was a common cause of derailments for freight trains. All the trains that passed by Fairfax Station used this type of coupler until the late 1890s/early 1900s when Southern Railway began converting their rolling stock to the new "knuckle" couplers mandated by Congress in its 1893 legislation. Another local tie in this transition was the man given credit for inventing the knuckle coupler - Eli H. Janney. Janney was an Alexandria resident who never worked on a railroad -- he was a store clerk -- but his patent changed the North American railroad industry (see our YouTube videos for more!).  

This GoFundMe drive is intended to cover costs for the acquisition, transportation and installation of a genuine link and pin coupler for permanent display. This piece of history will help teach visitors what life was like on the railroad in general and at Fairfax Station in particular.


  • Steve Gravini 
    • $20 
    • 12 d
  • Jennifer Connors 
    • $10 
    • 14 d
  • Jeff Mitulla 
    • $300 
    • 1 mo
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Bob Lamond 
Fairfax Station, VA
Friends of the Fairfax Station 
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