Amtrak NEC Shops on the north side of Wilmington
GPS Coordinates: as needed
Phone A/C: 302
ZIP: 19802 (at the shops)
Access by train/transit:
Amtrak at Wilmington
SEPTA at Wilmington and Newark
Unfortunately for us railfans, Amtrak's Wilmington Shops and Norfolk
Southern's Edgemoor yard are not very accessible for
photographing. The NS yard is tucked away in no-where land on the far
side of the Amtrak facility, with no way to get shots from the eastern side,
or I-495 side. Yes, you can get some clear shots of the yard from 495,
but what you can see is storage tracks, nothing worth getting excited over.
There are a couple of places to shoot the NEC.
One is off the end of Eastlawn Ave. The screen grab below shows this spot.
Another good spot is just south of Edgemoor Rd across
from the Merchants Square shopping center on US13. From here, you can
also catch NS as it enters and leaves the Northeast Corridor.
You can also get some shots from Bowers St off E 14th
Street, and Railroad Ave off the end of Vandever Ave.
All of the maintenance for the North East Corridor's trains is performed
here. On June 18th, 2016, Amtrak did a special excursion to say good-bye to
the AEM-7 "Swedish Meatballs", and on the way up to ZOO in Philadelphia, the train
stopped here for a tour of the shops!
Below is a view of both yards, the others are close-ups.
Here are a few pictures from the Wilmington Shop tour given as part of the AEM-7 retirement
excursion on June 18th, 2016:
These two sets of signals are for crossover's between the two.
NB Amtrak PCL's
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local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the
railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job
of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!
By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous
and/or other stuff.
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