Monday, January 22, 2018

Train Trivia

When the tracks were laid to Delmar in 1859 they were made of iron and rated at 60 pound.  Since that time the track has been upgraded to steel track that is rated at 100 to 135 pounds.  In general the heavier the track the more weight it can carry and the faster the trains can go.

The rated weight is based on how much a three foot (yard) section of track weighs thusly 135 pounds track should weight 135 pounds for a 3 piece section.  Most of the track in Delmar is rated at 135 pounds and it is 33'6" in length.  You would think it would be an even increment of 3 ft but it isn't. Altho the main line is rated at 100 pounds where there is switching of cars at siding and where the train rest or parks on the rails,  the track is 135 pounds.  If you can ever find a rail that is not bolted into place the rating should be imprinted at the end of the rail plus the date and month it was created.

The track on a railroad consists of the rails, fasteners Fishplate), railroad ties, and ballast and the subgrade.

Station Design

One of the questions frequently asked is where did the design for the Delmar railroad station come from.  I don't know, but this photo below of the Saranac Lake NY train station does bear a resemblance to the Delmar station.

Saranac Lake   Saranac Lake’s Union Depot was built in 1904 by the Delaware and Hudson Railroad

above the Delmar Station



C. N. Landon promoted 1929

C. N. Landon, chief clerk in the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad company, at Delmar has been promoted to assistant yardmaster.

above from The Morning News (Wilmington DE) 1 June 1929

Sunday, January 21, 2018

1932 Walter L. Mills Ad


Masdon Hearn - Barber


Joseph Masdon Hearn ( 1868-1939) A  Delmar, Maryland Barber who cut hair for over 50 years.  He was married for 46 years to Lulu Ethel Stephens Hearn ( 1875-1943) They had one daughter Margie Hearn who would marry Elwood Dewey Stokes.  They also raised Elsie Melson Stephens (Stevens) who was Lulu sister.  Elsie would marry Earl J. Chapman.  Masdon was the son of Isaac Stansbury Hearn and Lavenia E. Hastings Hearn.  Lulu was the daughter of James Stephens (Stevens) and Sallie Griffith Stephens.   Lulu worked as a seamstress at home.

He started cutting hair so early he had to stand on a box in order to reach the head of the customers.  Masdon Hearn lived on Chestnut Street and had a barber shop behind his house that he operated with Walter Lee Mills.  Both barbers would have so many aliments from cutting hair so long that they finally had to give it up.  Masdon’s small barber shop still stands behind his house on Chestnut and is now used as shed.

Friday, January 19, 2018

1966 Family Stamps Locations


Three 1931 Nurse Graduates From Peninsula General Hospital

Three of the eleven who graduated were from Delmar

above top Mary Robinson below her is Augusta Brewington

above Margaret Harris

From the Salisbury Times 15 May 1931