Delaware Coast Line Railroad

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Delaware Coast Line Railroad
DCL logo.jpg
Reporting mark DCLR
Locale Sussex County, Delaware
Dates of operation 1982–
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm) standard gauge
Length 23 mi (37.0 km)[1]
Headquarters Georgetown, Delaware
Website none

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.[2]


Historic railway station in Georgetown, Delaware, located along track formerly used by Queen Anne's Railroad

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.[3][4]

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.[4][5] Passenger service on the B&E was discontinued in October 1931.[3]

Delaware Coast Line Railroad incorporated in Delaware on June 23, 1982[6] 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.[3][7]

In 2017, the bridge over the Lewes and Rehoboth Canal was found to be structurally unsound; as a result, the line will be abandoned from Lewes to Cool Spring.[8]

Engine roster[edit]

Model Location
2 ALCO RS-36 Indian River (Delaware)
19 ALCO T-6 Georgetown, Delaware
23 ALCO RS-1 Georgetown
182 MLW RS-18 Georgetown
4024 GE B23-7 Millsboro, Delaware
4054 GE B23-7 Georgetown
44 GE 44-ton switcher Georgetown


Major clients[edit]

Customer Location
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



  1. ^ a b "Welcome to the Delaware Coast Line Railroad Info Page!!". Delmarva Rail Fan Guide. TrainWeb. Retrieved July 13, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Freight railroad service to every county". Delaware Economic Development Office. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Queen Anne's Railroad". State of Delaware, Delaware Public Archives. October 31, 2007. Archived from the original on July 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Richard Parks (August 15, 2009). "History of the Baltimore and Eastern Railroad". Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  5. ^ Christopher T. Baer (December 2009). "PRR Chronology 1923" (PDF). A general chronology of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Pennsylvania Technical and Historical Society. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Entity search results for Delaware Coast Line Railroad". Delaware Department of State: Division of Corporations. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "History". Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company (February 2, 2010). Retrieved 2010-06-04
  8. ^ Roth, Nick (July 11, 2017). "Cool Spring to Lewes railroad to be decommissioned". Cape Gazette. Retrieved 2017-08-25. 
  9. ^ "Delaware Coast Line RR Co Photographic Roster". RR Picture Archives .net. Archived from the original on October 11, 2012. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 

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