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There are precious few good references for many of the railroad stations and depots that used to exist.

One of the better resources I have come across to this end is the plethora of old post cards still around depicting many of these structures, some better than others.

Most of the postcards were found on EBay unless noted, other pictures, mostly the more recent ones, come from Google and/or Bing images - credit given if the source is known.

Dates are in the picture name, x means the date is approximate.  If they were available, and interesting, I included the back side of the postcards.  1910a and 1910b would be the same card, both sides.

If the picture was really, really bad, some of them have been cleaned up and/or repaired when I had the energy.

If you have the time, other good sources for pictures are: Shorpy, Google, and Bing images, and the Library of Congress (you have to be very patient to find things here :-)

Since many of these stations are no longer around (railfans seem to prefer the term "extant", I'm not one of them! :-), this page is mostly for historical reference.

This page is mostly for historical reference, as MANY of these stations are not around anymore!

What's the difference between a station and a depot?  Most people will say "nuttin", it's a matter of preference, although many will use depot for older buildings.

If you have a picture you would like to contribute, please see the bottom of the page for how to find me, credit is always given to contributing photographers.


GPS Coordinates: 38.693315,-75.385823
Former Pennsy depot, remodeled in 2005.... the MD & DE now owns the trackage.


GPS Coordinates: 39.73894,-75.632157
Currently a Wilmington & Western RR Depot on the ex B&ORR Landenburg branch between Wilmington and Hockessin.






GPS Coordinates: 39.670348,-75.752749
SEPTA Station
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GPS Coordinates: 39.682685,-75.757213
An ex B&O Depot





GPS Coordinates: 39.672379,-75.745196
former PRR Davis Tower

  From the park walkway across the tracks from the tower.



A Pennsylvania Railroad Depot


A postcard from 1959 showing off the miniature railroad along the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach DE.


GPS Coordinates: 39.736993,-75.551047

Currently an Amtrak Station on the North East Corridor (NEC), formerly a PRR Depot
Services Amtrak and SEPTA commuter trains.

Another former Pennsy depot of class and greatness.  This is supposedly available as a model, but I will have to check with a friend of mine who reviews model kits to confirm that.  A couple of years ago I was taking pictures of the station and was stopped by an Amtrak cop, who luckily, didn't want my cameras, just asked me to stop and go away (taking pictures of "federal" buildings is prohibited in the post 9/11 era - yes, even railroad stations!) -- update for 2013 -- Since the Amtrak anniversary train came through, Amtrak seems less fearful of photography on the premises or from afar, as scores of railfans took pictures here when the anniversary train came thru).  This is one of the great stations still around, like Philadelphia, Buffalo and Detroit (even tho they are not used), Baltimore, Portland OR, and of course, Washington DC (sorry if I left your favorite out).

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  Postcard from about 1910.



GPS Coordinates: 39.737752,-75.553622

An ex B&O Depot.
In the shadow of the PRR's Wilmington Station was the B&O depot.  It was on a stub track, not a through track, which may explain why it was never a success as the Pennsy's station was.  How many of us have been to downtown Wilmington and passed right by this beautiful building without knowing it's heritage?





GPS Coordinates: 39.760580,-75.556840

An former B&O bridge over the Brandywine Creek, on the north side of Wilmington.  The bridge was replaced by a stone viaduct structure.


GPS Coordinates: 39.809178,-75.679687

So close, yet so far.  All of the times I have been thru this area over the past 50 years and never knew about this place until I was searching for Delaware postcards on EBay!!!
The Auburn Valley Railroad is part of the Marshall Steam Museum in Yorklyn.  It is a 1/8 scale, 7-1/2 inch wide gauge "live steam" railroad.



A shot of the Wilmington & Western doodlebug passing through Yorklyn.



I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get 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.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given!  Please be NICE!!!  Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.


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