Delaware Coast Line Railroad
|Locale||Sussex County, Delaware|
|Dates of operation||1982–|
|Track gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge|
|Length||23 mi (37.0 km)|
The Delaware Coast Line Railroad (reporting mark DCLR) is a short-line railroad located in Sussex County, Delaware. The company operates two lines on track owned by the State of Delaware: one running from Ellendale east to Milton and another running from Georgetown east to Lewes. The railroad interchanges with the Delmarva Central Railroad in Ellendale and Georgetown.
The rail lines operated by Delaware Coast Line Railroad were part of the former Queen Anne's Railroad, which began providing rail service between Queenstown, Maryland and Lewes, Delaware in 1894, and extended its track to Love Point, Maryland in 1902.
Through a complex chain of acquisitions in 1905, the track previously owned by the Queen Anne's Railroad became part of the Maryland, Delaware and Virginia Railway Company (MD&V), a subsidiary of the Pennsylvania Railroad. MD&V was consolidated with another subsidiary in 1923 to form the Baltimore and Eastern Railroad (B&E), which incorporated in Maryland on June 13, 1923. Passenger service on the B&E was discontinued in October 1931.
Delaware Coast Line Railroad incorporated in Delaware on June 23, 1982 and began operating the Ellendale-Milton and Georgetown-Lewes segments of the former Queen Anne's Railroad under contract with the State of Delaware, current owner of these segments.
The Maryland and Delaware Railroad took over operation of the two rail lines in 1994 when it was awarded a five-year contract by Delaware. MDDE did not seek renewal of the Delaware contract and operation of the two lines was returned to the Delaware Coast Line Railroad in 1999.
|2||ALCO RS-36||Indian River (Delaware)|
|19||ALCO T-6||Georgetown, Delaware|
|4024||GE B23-7||Millsboro, Delaware|
|44||GE 44-ton switcher||Georgetown|
|Atlantic Concrete Co., Inc.||Lewes, Delaware|
|SPI Pharma, Inc.||Lewes|
|VFL Industries||Indian River (Delaware)|
|H & K||Indian River|
|Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT)||Georgetown|
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- Peninsula Railfan - Delaware Coast Line Railroad
- Hand operated railroad bridge over Lewes-Rehoboth Canal
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