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SW1 SWITCHER 114

STATUS: IN SERVICE
Engine No. 114 was built in 1940 by the Electro-Motive Corporation (EMC) of General Motors for the Lehigh Valley Railroad (LV). After many years on the LV, it was sold to the Maryland Port Authority and worked as a dock switcher for a number of years in Pocomoke City, Md. In 1974, No. 114 was moved to the Ocean City Western Railroad in Ocean City, Md., where it worked briefly in tourist service, until the railroad closed in the late 1970s. In the early 1980s, the Wilmington & Western went looking for another diesel locomotive and found the 114 in storage on a siding in Snow Hill, Md. Funds were not available at the time to purchase the locomotive, but two Wilmington & Western volunteers, Skip Small and Joe Giacchino, offered to purchase No. 114 and lease it to the Wilmington & Western. An agreement was made and No. 114 was moved to Delaware where volunteers began a long restoration, which included the installation of a new cab floor and windows, extensive body work, re-trucking of the locomotive, and a complete overhaul of the auxiliary generator and electrical cabinet. In the spring of 1992, the railroad's Board of Directors approved a plan to officially acquire No. 114 in trade for diesel locomotive No. 3, an Alco S2. No. 114 entered revenue passenger service on Sunday, September 26, 1993, and has worked in the Red Clay Valley ever since. She was taken out of service in 2013 to have new wheelsets installed at Amtrak's Wilmington Shops. No. 114 produces 600 horsepower and has a fuel tank capacity of 600 gallons.

Photo: Evan Schilling
SW900 SWITCHER 915

STATUS: IN SERVICE
Engine 915 was built in January 1956 by EMD (builder's #20961) as River Terminal Railway No. 97. It was later acquired by Republic Steel and renumbered 915. The locomotive changed hands again and went to work for Gulf States Steel in Gadsden, Ala. It was acquired by the Everett Railroad in 2001, and was moved to the Tennessee Valley Railroad in 2004 for repairs, which were later completed by Knoxville Locomotive Works. Engine 915 was then leased to the Wilmington & Western in the fall of 2008 for a 3-month trial period to test and evaluate the engine for service in the Red Clay Valley. The decision was made in late 2008 to purchase No. 915 to supplement the aging fleet of SW1 switchers.

Photo: Ed Feathers
SW1 SWITCHER 8408

STATUS: OFF SITE UNDER RESTORATION
Engine 8408 was built in 1940 by the Electro-Motive Corporation (EMC) of General Motors and served the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad in freight service on the Landenberg Branch until 1982. It was purchased by the Wilmington & Western in 1982 for freight and passenger service. She is our only locomotive to have served her entire life on the rails of the Red Clay Valley. As a result, she is undergoing a major restoration which will allow her to continue to operate in the Red Clay Valley for many more years. The 8408 produces 600 horsepower and has a fuel tank capacity of 600 gallons.


Photo: Mike Ciosek
"THE PAUL REVERE" DOODLEBUG 4662
STATUS: IN SERVICE
Motor car No. 4662 was built by Pullman Standard, outfitted by Brill, and outshopped on April 29, 1929. The car is self-propelled, and features both passenger seating and baggage storage. Cars such as this were usually referred to as "Doodlebugs" by railroaders, and they saw service on lightly-used branch lines where it was not economical to operate a full-length train. The car was originally powered by two Winton 175hp gasoline engines, but was rebuilt in the winter of 1942-43 with two Cummins HBIS-6 175hp diesel engines. She was retired from service in April 1959, and was later purchased by the National Capital Trolley Museum (NCTM). The 4662 never operated at the NCTM, and was stored outside in North Baltimore where it was heavily vandalized. Historic Red Clay Valley Inc. (HRCV), purchased the car in March 1967, and brought her back in service in December 1979. In 1989, HRCV received a grant from Revere Copper and Brass to restore No. 4662, and she received new diesel engines, draft gear and brake system improvements, as well as interior renovations. The car was dedicated as "The Paul Revere" on June 7, 1990, in honor of the Revere Foundation’s generous gift, and she is the only Pennsylvania Railroad doodlebug in regular operation. The 4662 features a modern bathroom, a 110-volt electrical system for air-conditioning and heating, a seating capacity of 60 passengers and a small baggage area. "The Paul Revere" is assigned to our "Ride-To-Dine" dinner trains and is also perfect for small charters.
GREENBANK STATION
2201 Newport Gap Pike
(Route 41 North)
Wilmington, DE 19808
BUSINESS OFFICE
1601 Railroad Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19808
302.998.1930
Monday to Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
MAILING ADDRESS
Historic Red Clay Valley Inc.
P.O. Box 5787
Wilmington, DE 19808
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