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RAILROAD STATIONS, BRIDGES, TOWERS, TUNNELS, ETC
IN DELAWARE

Georgetown
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Harrington
Newark
New Castle
Rehoboth
Wilmington
Yorklyn

 

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There are precious few good references for many of the railroad stations and depots that used to exist.
One of the better resources I have come across to this end is the plethora of old post cards still around depicting many of these structures, some better than others.
A good portion of the pictures on this page are postcards I found on EBay. Some of them have been cleaned up and/or repaired when I had the energy.
Since many of these stations are no longer around (railfans seem to prefer the term "extant", I'm not one of them! :-), this page is mostly for historical reference.
What's the difference between a station and a depot? 
          Most people will say "nuttin", it's a matter of preference, although many will use depot for older buildings.
If they were available, and interesting, I included the back side of the postcards.
If you have a picture you would like to contribute, please see the bottom of the page for how to find me, credit is always given to contributing photographers.

GEORGETOWN

GPS Coordinates: 38.693315,-75.385823
Former Pennsy depot, remodeled in 2005.... the MD & DE now owns the trackage.









GREENBANK

GPS Coordinates: 39.73894,-75.632157
Currently a Wilmington & Western RR Depot on the ex B&ORR Landenburg branch between Wilmington and Hockessin.

 

 











HARRINGTON

 





NEWARK

GPS Coordinates: 39.670348,-75.752749
SEPTA Station
For a complete guide to Newark, please click here

 

 









NEWARK

GPS Coordinates: 39.682685,-75.757213
An ex B&O Depot

 

 

 





NEWARK

GPS Coordinates: 39.672379,-75.745196
former PRR Davis Tower

  From the park walkway across the tracks from the tower.

 





NEW CASTLE

A Pennsylvania Railroad Depot







REHOBOTH

A postcard from 1959 showing off the miniature railroad along the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach DE.





WILMINGTON

GPS Coordinates: 39.736993,-75.551047

Currently an Amtrak Station on the North East Corridor (NEC), formerly a PRR Depot
Services Amtrak and SEPTA commuter trains.


Another former Pennsy depot of class and greatness.  This is supposedly available as a model, but I will have to check with a friend of mine who reviews model kits to confirm that.  A couple of years ago I was taking pictures of the station and was stopped by an Amtrak cop, who luckily, didn't want my cameras, just asked me to stop and go away (taking pictures of "federal" buildings is prohibited in the post 9/11 era - yes, even railroad stations!) -- update for 2013 -- Since the Amtrak anniversary train came through, Amtrak seems less fearful of photography on the premises or from afar, as scores of railfans took pictures here when the anniversary train came thru).  This is one of the great stations still around, like Philadelphia, Buffalo and Detroit (even tho they are not used), Baltimore, Portland OR, and of course, Washington DC (sorry if I left your favorite out).

For a complete guide to downtown Wilmington, please click here

 

 

 

  

  Postcard from about 1910.

 





WILMINGTON

GPS Coordinates: 39.737752,-75.553622

An ex B&O Depot

In the shadow of the PRR's Wilmington Station was the B&O depot. It was on a stub track, not a through track, which may explain why it was never a success as the Pennsy's station was. How many of us have been to downtown Wilmington and passed right by this beautiful building without knowing it's heritage?

 

 

 




 


WILMINGTON

GPS Coordinates: 39.760580,-75.556840

An former B&O bridge over the Brandywine Creek, on the north side of Wilmington.  The bridge was replaced by a stone viaduct structure.












YORKLYN

GPS Coordinates: 39.809178,-75.679687

So close, yet so far.  All of the times I have been thru this area over the past 50 years and never knew about this place until I was searching for Delaware postcards on EBay!!!
The Auburn Valley Railroad is part of the Marshall Steam Museum in Yorklyn.  It is a 1/8 scale, 7-1/2 inch wide gauge "live steam" railroad.

 





YORKLYN

A shot of the Wilmington & Western doodlebug passing through Yorklyn.

 



Disclaimers:

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!!!

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