Chesapeake Bay Ferry Operations

Cape Charles to Norfolk, VA

—  ICC Abandonment Filings  —

Pennsylvania Railroad
Docket: 18134 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: 36.0 miles Citation: 290 ICC 249

—  User Comments  —

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.

Delmar, DE

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.

Schenectady, NY

The ferry operations referred to in this filing were PASSENGER ferry operations connecting with the trains from Philadelphia PA and Wilmington DE running down the Delmarva Branch. The FREIGHT carfloat operation was never abandoned by PRR or PC, and was continued by ESHR. Not aware if Bay Coast is currently operating it.

Rick Schoch
Dover, NJ