Date Posted: Friday, December 3rd, 2021

Collection LogoThe Delaware Public Archives is pleased to announce the digital release the “Wilmington Railway Collection.” This newly available collection consists of 82 historical photographs of trolleys and locomotives in the Wilmington area. The majority of the photos are of trolley cars, either on area streets, at the car barn, or at the car garage.

A number of the trolley cars depicted in the collection were on the Bellefonte, Elsmere, Newport, and Stanton lines. The train photos are of electric locomotives, 1936-1971, and of a Wilmington and Western Railroad steam locomotive. Included are several views of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad train station and the Pennsylvania Railroad station in Wilmington.

The collection was purchased by the Friends of the Delaware Archives especially for inclusion in the holdings of the Delaware Public Archives collection in 2017, and may be accessed virtually at or by calling (302) 744-5000 to schedule a visit to review the physical photograph collection at the Delaware Public Archives.

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