The Brandywine Springs Trolley Line
Note: Thanks to the help of the Historic Red Clay Valley and the Wilmington and Western Railroad
This trolley line, known as the Wilmington and Brandywine Springs Railroad, served as a passenger route to get from downtown Wilmington to the park at Brandywine Springs. The W&W's Landenburg branch had stations there, too, but anyone who didn't buy a train ticket all the way to Landenburg would grab the trolley. The main cause for building this line was to serve an amusement park that opened in 1900, the same year the line was finished. Even though the idea for a small trolley line was brilliant, ultimately it did not work out because of the decrease in visitors when the park grew older. The line closed in 1928 and the tracks and bridges were pulled up.
It is almost impossible to trace the line because of the growing city of Wilmington. However, evidence of the old ROW can be found if known where to look.
Thanks to Christian B. for contributing information.
actually there are remnants everywhere you dont need to look hard at all from wilmington to the park is tough but the line actually ran all the way to kennett square between kennett and the park the remnants are very obvious
Thanks Joe. Like I said I used the W&W To get to the 1 1/2 Miles of the ROW and from there I used maps and records of the line plus a model of the line in the W&W museum. Believe it or not I didn't have all that info. Thanks for the help joe i'll look into it.
This is a great site for the trolley line and history. In the future if anyone knows the route that the kennett trolley took, a map like the one above would be really great. I have found a few sections like Goldings Bridge and a couple of areas along creek road from Pike Creed to Hockessin but I don't know much else.
I didnt see your comment earlier but I dont know anything about the Kennett But Dont think I havent researched it before, I cant find any facts about it. Sorry Bob :(
I have found a great book on the Kennett Square to Brandywine Springs Park trolley system at the Hockessin Library in the Reference section (can not be checked out).
This is a very well done record of its layout with large photographs and maps that would be great to put on a web site for everyone to see. I will be glad to help but do not have that kind of knowledge to do it my self. Contact me for more info. at firstname.lastname@example.org Catalog # is 975.1k. (3/11/12) Enjoy
I know this is a "self standing" tunnel, but wouldn't the underpass under 95 on the line in the newark heading towards bear be considered a tunnel also? It's not a bridge, it's more so a hollowed out tunnel.
Wrong post ^ sorry.