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Todd's Railfan Guide to
NEWARK DE

In General
Getting Here
Map
Sites
Signals
 

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In General

Admittedly, there is not a whole heck of a lot here in Newark.  You have the Amtrak/SEPTA station on the Northeast Corridor, the ex-Pennsy Davis Tower which handled interlocking between the 4 tracks and the interchange, an ex-B&O depot which is now used by the MOW guys, and a CSX bridge over the old abandoned Pennsy right-of-way.

CSX passes through town on the north side, "north" of the NEC.  Main Street crosses CSX at grade level, a couple of streets go under the tracks, and a couple others go over.

There was a Pennsy branch going into town, which has been long gone, but if you look at aerial views of the area, you can see where it went. The CSX bridge that goes over Chapel Street also went over the Pennsy tracks.  The bridge offers interesting possibilities for through freights.

Septa has a commuter train that comes all the way "down" to Newark, probably to offer service to the University of Delaware.  It used to known as the R2 line, but is now called the Wilmington/Newark line.

Davis Tower is easy to get pictures of from the bike path that parallels the tracks on the north side.  Looks like you can gain access to it through the baseball fields off of Kells Ave.

The Chrysler plant shut down at the end of 2008, and the University of Delaware subsequently bought the property for around $24M.  As of 6/2012, there is talk of moving the Newark SEPTA station from the current location on my map, to a new location where the plant was with some money coming from the feds.  The plant opened in 1951 (a good year) as a tank plant, and then converted to making cars in 1957.  In 1997, Chrysler spent $623M to upgrade the plant to make Durango's.

I'm trying to get some excellent pictures from a local railfan to post, hopefully he will say YES!

Signals

This area, being on the Baltimore & Ohio RR AND Pennsylvania RR mainlines, had a nice selection of PL (Position Light) and CPL (Color Position Light) signals.

If you're into signals, the area still has a number of Pennsy PL types around, including a pedestal signal used on the approach to the mainline, a mast mounted dwarf PL for the interchange, a low mounted dwarf in between a couple of the mainline tracks, and three signal bridges in the immediate area.

The Pennsy PL signals on the NEC were converted a long time ago to what we call PCL's, or Position Color Light signals, to avoid confusion with the B&O's version (it is a non-official term, so not everyone uses the term, some do call them CPL's). 

The signals at 3 and 4 are for a number of crossovers between those two sets of signals.  The right-of-way also goes from 4 tracks north of the station to 3 tracks heading south.

Scanners Frequencies

CSX
   
160.230 - Road
    160.785 - Maintenance of Way
    161.100 - Dispatcher
    160.530 - Yard-Wilsmere

NORFOLK SOUTHERN
   
160.410 - Yard
    160.980 - Yard
    160.800 - Dispatch

AMTRAK
   
160.920 - All freight and passenger operations in Northern DE


Getting Here

Find your way to I-95, and head to exit 1.  This is College Ave... take it north till you go over the NEC and then take a right onto Kells Ave, then a right on Wolloston Ave, and finally a right onto Waterworks Lane to the Septa/Amtrak station.

You can also come into town from Wilmington via Kirkwood Hwy, but it is a slow and painful process due to suburban sprawl and traffic lights.  The only bonus is that you would pass within a quarter of a mile of the Wilmington & Western RR.


Map


Sites


  the Amtrak / Septa Station

           

       

  


  Davis Tower & Interlocking

The top photo shows the tower with the northern signal bridge for the interlocking, the SB interchange, and the substation.  In all three shots, you can clearly see the bike path on the north side of the tracks, making it easy to get directly across from the tower for pictures.

 



In the Snag below, the two signal bridges got yellow arrows pointing at them, the tower a red arrow, the sub-station is in blue, the Delmarva branch heads south with an orange arrow, and the north branch leads are in pointed at by green arrows.


  ex B&O Depot

         


  CSX Bridge - ex B&O over Chapel St

A most interesting bridge, with many unusual features, that's why I took the time to take detail shots :-)  Modelers should have fun with this one!

           

           

       

  I also like taking pictures of unusual or interesting things, I think this qualifies...


  CSX Bridge - ex B&O over Kirkwood Highway

 


Aetna Hook, Hose & Ladder Company

     

 

 


Signals


  Pedestal Signal - GONE

This is an approach signal WAS for the interchange with the Amtrak mainline.  The grade crossing also has pedestrian crossing gates.  Most pedestal signals are not this easy to up close to (one of the few other places is Perryville MD).  I came thru here in the summer of 2016 and noticed that the pedestal signal was gone, probably as part of a small scale signal upgrade.  I noticed that all of the PL signals around here have had lunar colored (cool white in layman's terminology) LED's placed in them.

The grade crossing is also unusual for Delaware because there are pedestrian crossing gates on both sides of the road and tracks.

         

        The grade crossing at this location


  Mast Mounted Dwarf Signal

     

    Looking south (L), then looking towards the mainline (R)


  SB Mainline Signals and a Dwarf

         

 

    Looking south on the Northeast Corridor

  Adjacent to where the branch line comes into the mainline is one of Amtrak's substations


  NB Mainline Signals

    A pair of NS GE's heading into the Chrysler plant yard with the signals in the background, 2005


  Chrysler Yard Signals

 

     



 


Disclaimers:

I love trains and I love signals.  I am not an expert. 

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in..... :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.

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