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 Post subject: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 3:38 pm 

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Here are a few relics of railway operations on the Eastern Shore in Delaware and Maryland.

Highball Signal
Relocated to Delmar, Delaware from Newcastle, DE in 1959.

Caboose on display in Delmar.
Stenciled as PRR 76

Salisbury, MD Union Station
Built in 1913
The line in foreground is a branch line remnant of the Baltimore, Chesapeake and Atlantic Railroad, a cross peninsula line from Claiborne to Ocean City, MD. The Norfolk Southern ex-PRR tracks run left to right behind the station.

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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva, Pt 2
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 3:45 pm 

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Crossing Guard Shack preserved trackside in Delmar, DE.


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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 4:17 pm 

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Nice to see some interest in an area that seems to have lacked it in the past, although that station looks to be more in stabilized than preserved condition.

What's the history on the caboose? I don't think it's PRR; looks like a C&O "cab" to me.

Also, is it a wood car, or steel? Can't tell too well from the photo, though I'm inclined to think it a wooden one. If it is, and it's ex-C&O, then the windows have been altered back to what it would have looked like in the 1920s or early 1930s, before the C&O added an outside sliding sash and a small awning over the same.

C&O cabooses prior to about 1930 were also painted a "Mineral Brown," similar to what Santa Fe used on freight cars and cabooses in the steam era, and a different lettering scheme, one with "Chesapeake & Ohio" spelled on three lines, the top word "Chesapeake" forming an arch.


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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:10 pm 

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J3a-614 wrote:
What's the history on the caboose? I don't think it's PRR; looks like a C&O "cab" to me.

Also, is it a wood car, or steel? Can't tell too well from the photo, though I'm inclined to think it a wooden one.


I don't see any truss rods under the car so I'm going to wager that its steel.

Edit: Based on photo linked below, it appears to be a wood sided caboose with a steel frame

Definitely a nice looking caboose.

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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:18 pm 

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http://www.rrpicturearchives.net/showPi ... id=1590201

general here's the history of this caboose Displayed at Delmar, DE, as PRR 76; built for the C&O by the Hocking Valley Railway Shops in 9/29. In 1970 it was sold to B&O where it retained the 90951 number. It was purchased by the Delmar Bicentennial Committee in 3/76


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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:16 pm 

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The Salisbury PRR station (originally a "Union Station at the crossing of the east-west Baltimore Chesapeake & Atlantic and the north-south New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk, built 1914) was purchased somewhere around 2008 by two local brothers, owners of several restaurants, with an aim of setting up a brewpub within. City/county officials attempted to impose such burdensome regulation upon the proposed operation that the brothers in question purchased a former supermarket a very short distance over the Delaware state line and set up the brewing operation there in 2009. The company expanded to become the regionally successful Evolution Craft Brewing company, and is now in a former ice plant along the tracks not too far from said station (the plant has its own water well, eliminating the need to use local water and thus pay high water/sewer rates as planned by the city).

Anyhow, they STILL own the station. If anyone wants it, I've got John and Tom's phone numbers and e-mails.....


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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:51 pm 

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It is interesting to note that the Delmar highball signal has stood in four places. First used by the Newcastle and Frenchtown. When no longer needed to PRR moved it to Hurlock, MD where the Baltimore and Eastern crossed the Cambridge Branch of the PRR. When the ball was up the B&E could cross and when it was down the PRR could. When it was no longer needed there it was moved to Cape Charles, VA for display at the division headquarters. In 1959 the PRR donated it to Delmar for the town's centennial.

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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:02 pm 

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Here are two more railway preservation items located at the shuttle parking lot in Ocean City, MD.

Wesley

Station platform bricks from the former train station at Philadelphia and Talbot Street have been reset in a walkway.
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The covered bridge is a replica of the passenger shed at the train station. The bridge is a wooden plank bridge representing the wooden car deck on the railroad bridge across Sinepuxent Bay.
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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:57 pm 

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I didn't know that about the Ocean City station area. Thx. Looks like some to the old Baltimore, Chesapeake and Atlantic survives after all.

Additional preservation on Delmarva includes Harrington Tower and a cabin car (in Harrington) on the Delaware Road. The station building in Goldsboro and the one in Ridgeley (on the Easton Br.). Although not "preserved," Cassatt tower is still standing in Pocomoke City, MD. Haven't been down to the Eastern Shore RR Museum in Parksley, Va. but they have a variety of equipment as well as the station bldg.

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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:52 pm 

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Today's stop was in Georgetown, Delaware. Here are pictures of the restored 1892 train station and a stray caboose. The train station was last used in for railroad purposes in 1996 and was restored in 2003 and again in 2013 after a recent fire. The tracks are an NS branchline, originally the mainline of the Junction and Breakwater from Harrington to Lewes, DE.
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The caboose, marked GBRY 101 sits in the middle of the wye created by what is now the Lewes branch of the Delaware Coastline Railroad (background) and the NS Branch serving a coal power plant in Millsboro, DE (foreground).
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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:51 am 

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Today's first stop is the Salted Rim Restaurant in Ocean View, DE, formerly the Royal Zephyr Restaurant. Queen Anne's Railroad 3 (Ex US Navy, Vulcan 1943) and two coaches are located here.
For further information see: http://www.rypn.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=32115&hilit=queen+anne

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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:41 pm 

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Today's second stop is the train station in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. The circa 1890s station was relocated to the present location and restored in 1988 as the town's visitor center. Passenger service to Rehoboth ended in the 1920s.

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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:49 am 

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Wes, if you get further south and a bit off the beaten path, you can find the depots in Girdletree, MD. This is on the Snow Hill - Franklin City line that was abandoned circa 1955. The freight house is nicely preserved. I recall the passenger depot has been relocated and remodeled as an office for a local business.

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 Post subject: Re: Railway Preservation on Delmarva
PostPosted: Wed Mar 19, 2014 4:19 pm 

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Today's stop is the abandoned PRR overpass over old Rt 404 and the abandoned Queen Anne's RR right of way in Queen Anne, MD. The Queen Anne right of way from Love Point, MD to Lewes, DE is to the left of the highway in this photo. There are rails still in place under the snow (and brush and trees).

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