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Old 01-26-2014, 09:03 PM
 
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On occasion, I browse around various State web-sites learning
about various legislative considerations, statewide and local plans.

I came across a DelDot document (albeit dated 2011) describing
rail in Delaware.

I thought that an interesting item in the document described
commuter rail between New Castle and Kent Counties.

http://www.deldot.gov/information/pu...ve_summary.pdf

I remember a longer term Delaware resident telling me that Amtrak
used to stop in Dover. I was wondering if anyone knew of more
current discussions concerning commuter rail in Delaware.

I am also curious what people think about a possibility of
commuter rail in Delaware? I imagine that could possibly
lighten beach traffic as well as make more feasible
Sussex County to Wilmington/Philadelphia work commutes
more palatable. How it would be funded, I'm not sure.
It would certainly make real-estate considerations
interesting.
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Old 01-26-2014, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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I would connect Wilmington, Symara/Clayton, Dover, Harrington, and Seaford with commuter rail. The stations in many areas are still intact.

Clayton/Symara Train Station:
http://goo.gl/maps/QncIN

Dover Train Station:
http://goo.gl/maps/1TP0m

Harrington Train Station:
http://goo.gl/maps/5jff3

Seaford Train station:
http://goo.gl/maps/VJusN
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:41 AM
 
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I'm all for rail service throughout our state, but it just hasn't gotten off the ground. For a few years, we had Rail to the Fair (see link here). It was a nice little trip, and ran from Philadelphia to Harrington, but was not really that popular so they scrapped it. It only ran for about 10 days during Fair Week. Most all of our little towns in Kent & Sussex have trains running through them. The haunting train whistles during the midnight hours add such character to our little town.
https://www.deldot.gov/information/m...005/rail2fair/

As far as those little towns cited above, there are quite a few more not mentioned.
The trains pass through Wyoming, Viola, Felton, Harrington, Bridgeville, Seaford, Blades, and south of those towns. Our little town uses the train station for a Town Hall, and Viola's has been converted to a Post Office (now closing). There's a Railroad Avenue in most of our towns.
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Old 01-27-2014, 03:02 PM
 
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I wonder if they took the line all the way to the beach.. or the closest town to the beaches.. would it be more successful?? Even then maybe it would only be seasonal as opposed to "commuter" Isnt there a scenic railroad near Wilmington somewhere...?
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Old 01-27-2014, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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I'm all for rail service throughout our state, but it just hasn't gotten off the ground. For a few years, we had Rail to the Fair (see link here). It was a nice little trip, and ran from Philadelphia to Harrington, but was not really that popular so they scrapped it. It only ran for about 10 days during Fair Week. Most all of our little towns in Kent & Sussex have trains running through them. The haunting train whistles during the midnight hours add such character to our little town.
https://www.deldot.gov/information/m...005/rail2fair/
Did they use SEPTA trains to carry passengers from Philly to Harrington?
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:43 AM
 
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Did they use SEPTA trains to carry passengers from Philly to Harrington?
Norfolk Southern, Conrail, Pennsylvania RR come through Clayton, Wyoming, Harrington

http://www.deldot.gov/archaeology/hi...df/del_rrs.pdf
Page 50 - Map
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Old 01-28-2014, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Northville, MI
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Through Delaware could be a much faster route to Newport News rather than via DC if tracks are upgraded. As I showed, the stations are intact.
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Old 01-28-2014, 09:47 AM
 
Location: New Britain, CT
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I apologize in advance, having only ever been in New Castle County for Delaware, via I-95, I-295/US 40 (Delaware Memorial Bridge) and Amtrak: Would this rail line follow the DE Route 1 corridor?

Here in Connecticut, we have an existing inland Amtrak line, extending Northeast Regional and Vermonter train services from New Haven, CT, through Hartford and up to Springfield, MA. That line is being presently upgraded to bring eventual commuter rail service as well, similar to the MTA/Metro North service between New Haven, CT and Grand Central Station in New York City.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:40 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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It would be a few lines in Delaware , 1 North-South Corridor possibly Electrified would have regional rail and Amtrak service. Amtrak Service would operate between NY and Ocean City,MD , Wilmington , Newark , Middletown , Dover , Milford , Georgetown , Ocean City , another service would go to Salisbury,MD. There would a seasonal rail shuttle from Georgetown to Lewes.

Commuter Rail or Regional Rail would operate from Wilmington to Dover stopping at , Wilmington , Newport , Churchman's Crossing , Newark , Interstate 95 , Glasgow , Middletown , Townsend , Clayton , Cheswold , and Dover.

Passenger Service long term would be restored to CSX line , starting at Newark and going up to Philly , stopping at Downtown Newark , Marshallton , Elsmere , Trolley SQ , Ardentown , Chester-Widner University , Milmont Park , Collingdale-Route 102 Trolley JCT , Darby JCT , University City , 30th Street , Suburban Station and Market East.

A small network that will cover most of the state.
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