What a year it has been! I would like to thank you all for your extraordinary support this season as we celebrated our 50 years of history, restoration and education on the Wilmington & Western Railroad. It was in 1966 when a small group of visionaries conceived the idea of a tourist railroad in Delaware. There were less than 10 such operations nationwide, but their perseverance and dedication to this ideal became the groundwork which has been sustained by countless volunteers and loyal supporters for over 50 years. Back then, I doubt anyone could have imagined the extent to which we would grow into the organization we are today. It is that achievement that we all should be very proud and mindful of as we look forward to the next generation of volunteers and impassioned individuals who will carry on the Wilmington & Western Railroad legacy.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of HRCV, the volunteers and staff, I would like to thank each of you for your continued support of our mission, not only last year, but also for the previous 49 years. Your commitment is key to our success, and we look forward to seeing you aboard in 2017!
David S. Ludlow
1972 photo: Brian Woodcock/Collection of Kurt Bell | 2015 photo: Evan Schilling | Photo illustration: Andy Gwiazda