Purchase Tickets
Holidays on the Wilmington & Western
Skip Navigation Links50 Year Timeline

The Wilmington & Western is the 7th oldest standard gauge heritage railroad in North America and is the oldest tourist railroad operated entirely by volunteers!

In 1983 the Wilmington & Western had nine steam locomotives in its motive power stable, in addition to a "fireless cooker," and a Pennsylvania Railroad GG1 electric locomotive!

While the B&O discontinued steam passenger service on the Landenberg Branch in 1930, the final steam passenger trip occurred on the line in 1949!

In 1922 the Landenberg Branch was host to the first test run of a prototype self-propelled passenger car, the precursor to the "doodlebugs"!

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the modern Wilmington & Western, we've compiled 50 years of history into a 246-page, chronologically ordered, Historic Timeline. The Timeline maps Historic Red Clay Valley Inc. (HRCV) as an organization, and it accurately details the rich historical heritage of the Wilmington & Western Railroad and the dedication of scores of devoted volunteers over the past 50 years of operations. More than 275 images document many of the events and activities which have occurred at Delaware’s Operating Railroad Museum.

The Historic Timeline is being made available free for online reading, and in a very limited 50th Anniversary printed glossy color version. If you find the Historic Timeline of interest, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to HRCV. Your gift will ensure a long life for this unique piece of Delaware history, and keep the trains on track for many years to come!

The Historic Timeline is available in the following free online versions:
A non-printable screen-resolution, color PDF that can be read on computers, tablets, and readers.
A printer-resolution, black-and-white PDF for those wishing to create their own copy.
A condensed, online, and interactive timeline.

We are offering a very limited-run, color version of the Historic Timeline. Printed on 80 lb. gloss-finish paper with 100 lb. gloss-finish covers, the booklet is spiral-bound to open flat for easy reading. A limited number of copies will be available for purchase in the Gift Shop after August 1, 2016. The purchase price is $37.50.

For those who pre-ordered the Historic Timeline and opted to have it delivered, the booklet will be mailed via USPS Media Mail after August 1, 2016.

Have a question or additional historical information or photos to share? We would like to hear from you! Email us at timeline@wwrr.com.
Boarding Location
2201 Newport Gap Pike
(Route 41 North)
Wilmington, DE 19808
1601 Railroad Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19808
Monday to Friday
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Historic Red Clay Valley Inc.
P.O. Box 5787
Wilmington, DE 19808
The Wilmington & Western Railroad is a proud member of: