Railroads of Delmarva: A Pictorial History

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Starting with one of the oldest railroad lines in the United States, the Delmarva Peninsula holds a unique place in the history of railroading in the country. Prior to the advent of the “iron horse,” the area had seen little growth in population and was struggling to get goods to market, as well as supplies brought into the area. The three states that make up the area—all of Delaware and the eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia—were known to have some of the best fields and orchards, a bountiful seafood harvest, and some of the richest woodlands in America. The area flourished with the introduction of the railroad. While passenger service was certainly a part of the railroad’s plans, make no mistake, it was these riches that made the area swell with people while small towns became flush with income. Some of the most profitable divisions of the railroad industry were based on the Delmarva Peninsula.
ISBN: 9781634992183
Format: Paperback
Publisher: America Through Time
State: Delaware
Series: America Through Time
Images: 220
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
DOUGLAS POORE has been a longtime railroad buff. Born and raised in Harrington, Delaware, he grew up with the railroad in his backyard. Some of his earliest memories were anxiously awaiting the James E. Strates Shows’ carnival train arriving each year in July, bringing the carnival rides to the Delaware State Fair. From an early age, he also owned model railroads. From his grandfather’s old Lionel, to an HO scale layout that took up over half of his parent’s attic, Doug has felt the passion of steam engines running in his veins. After retiring from a paramedic career, he took his love of history and railroading and became the volunteer curator of the Greater Harrington Historical Society.
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