Cape Charles to Norfolk

Chesapeake Bay Ferry Operations

The abandoned railroad route between Cape Charles and Norfolk, known as Chesapeake Bay Ferry Operations, of which 36 miles have been abandoned, was once operated in Virginia by the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

PENNSYLVANIA RAILROAD
Docket Number: 18134 Date: 4/30/1953 Section: 1(18)
App. of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad Company, New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad Ferry Company and The Pennsylvania Railroad Company for permission to abandon ferry operations (actually already abandoned) between Cape Charles, in Northampton County, Virginia, and the City of Norfolk, Norfolk County, Virginia, serving en route Fort Monroe (Old Point Comfort) in the County of Elizabeth City, Virginia, a total distance of 36 miles.
Length: 36 miles Citation: 290 ICC 249  

The Bay Coast Railroad now has the rights to the ferry line. Eastern Shore Railroad before them. The BCR restored the ferry just recently and ferried a whopping two cars! Due to this lack of traffic it no longer operates.

Toby
Delmar, DE
1/17/2014

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We love your website because it honors our history. How nice it would be riding all along the rails to observe nature and see all the historic RR stations where so many events took place in people's lives over the years.

Anna
Schenectady, NY
11/24/2014

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