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East Penn Railways GE B30-7 7874

There is precious little traffic on the Octoraro Branch in Wilmington, Delaware, so I was surprised and pleased to see these units idling at the Winterthur Train Station. The station itself was designed by Theophilus Parsons Chandler, Jr.


The lead unit, a GE B30-7, hails from the East Penn Railroad, the trailing unit is an EMD GP18 from the New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railway, and they are operating over the Octoraro Branch, formerly a Reading property.


I take it back; I gather from here that the trail unit, purchased new by the NYSW in August 1962, was sold to East Penn Railways in April 2010, which helps explain why it's lashed up here.


The Octoraro Branch traces its root way back. "The Wilmington and Northern Railroad Company, later the Wilmington and Reading Railroad, laid it first lines in 1869 from Wilmington, Delaware to Coatesville, Pennsylvania. By 1874, the line reached Reading, Pennsylvania and provided important markets to Central Pennsylvania." {source} The New York Times reported the sale of the Wilmington & Northern to the Philadelphia & Reading on October 20, 1898.


Google Books suggests the initial act of incorporation was in 1845.

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Taken on March 12, 2011