|Delmarva Central was Formed on Feburary 10th 1968 after the merger of the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central that formed the Penn Central. Penn Central was going to abandon the line from Harrington, De. to Cape Charles, Va. The state, and counties tied together to form two railroads, the Virginia and Maryland, and the Harrington Southern. The Virginia and Maryland has fallen under new ownership and name changes over the years. Today the Virginia and Maryland is the Bay Coast Line Railway.
The Harrington Southern found there first locomotive in the form of an Ex-Big Tree Lumber GP9, that is still on the roster today rebuilt as a road slug. On June 11th 1975 with the looming merger of Penn Central and other railroads, the Harrington Southern aquired the Indian River Branch and the rail line up to Dover, De. Other rail lines also started up in Delmarva on other ex-Penn Central rail lines as well. This is when the railroad found its name that it is today, the Delmarva Central. The Delc then bought more second hand locomotives, which some are still on the roster today.
In 1999 after the split up of Conrail, Norfolk Southern did not want any of the rail lines in the Delmarva peninsula. The delc acquired the line from Dover, De. to Newark and Wilmington, De. at this time. Delc then Built a locomotive shop out side of Mt. Holly, Md. By the end of 2000 DELC operated over 140 miles of main line and 15 miles of branch line. In 2007 the Delmarva Central and Western Reading Railroads merged with the Allegheny Western Lines. All three railroads operate under their own system. DELC adapted the AWL logo, and has begun to out fit all of our locomotives and rolling stock with them. In 2009 DELC had taken over all major locomotive and rolling stock repair at our Mt. Holly Shops.
Also in 2009 the DELC bought the aling Bay Coast line railway. The DELC now operates over 175 miles of rail way, owns fifteen locomotives, and operates about a thousand pieces of rolling stock. DELC still operates the famous rail barge between Cape Charles and Norfolk, Va. The main commodities on the DELC are stone, grain, intermodal, liquified propane gas, animal feed, and steal related products. DELC is an Operation Life Saver program supporter, and works with the local towns along the line, to teach railroad safety.