Clayton, DE to Massey, MD


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Some abandoned lines are used as dumping grounds! This view shows the end of track for a former Pennsylvania RR branch that extended west from Clayton, DE to Massey, MD. This location faces west at the DE Route 15 crossing in Clayton. It is less than a mile west of the junction with the former PRR (now Norfolk Southern) Delmarva line. Photo by Mike Palmer, May 2003.

This abandoned railway passed through mostly farming areas of Delaware and Maryland's eastern shore. It was a branch off of the Pennsylvania RR's Delmarva peninsula line. It was originally constructed as part of the Philadelphia Wilmington & Baltimore, which was later acquired by PRR. Heading west from Clayton, the line served Bingham and Delaneys, DE and Massey, MD. (Massey still has rail service through shortline Maryland & Delaware, which operates other former PRR branches).

The entire line and remnants are out of service, even though some segments of track are still in place. There were no easily located remnants of this line west of Clayton, although it did appear to run parallel to a section of Holletts Corner Rd. in northern Kent County.

The tracks continued on into massey to meet near the rails present there now.

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