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The New Castle Railroad is a fantastic piece of Old New Castle History. Used in the mid 1800's, a steam locomotive was used to ship cargo and was used as a form of transportation.


Now all that's left is the small ticket office and a tiny section of track in rememberance of the old railroad. So, explore this page if you want to learn more about the Old New Castle-Frenchtown Railroad, and what should be done to preserve it!

History

The New Castle-Frenchtown Railroad was the first railroad in Delaware, and one of the first in the United States! Opening in 1831, the New Castle-Frenchtown company originally used horses as locomotives. A year later, however, the company switched to steam locomotives. Steam locomotive, "Delaware", was one of the only trains that ran on the tracks. It operated during the pre-Civil War era. In fact, the railroad was an important link between the North and the South. Also, the New Castle-Frenchtown railroad was a link between the Delaware river and the Chesapeake Bay. Yet, after twenty-eight years of business, the railroad was abandoned in 1859.

Preservation

To help preserve the New Castle Railroad ticket office, you can do many things. Obviously, if you haven't noticed, this piece of history is very worn out. (You can see in the pictures to the left.)

To help solve this problem, or prevent it from getting worse, you can donate money for the restoration of the ticket office. Also, you could physically help restoring it. (ie: repainting, washing, etc.)

History Through My Eyes

History through my eyes is an event that people will always remember. It doesn't always have to be physical, like an artifact from World War II or anything from the hijackings of September 11, 2001, to the St. Louis Cardinals winning the World Series last year. History is just an event that will always be remembered.

 

 

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