R. R. Landmark To Be Razed Soon
Third Station to Occupy This Site
The Pennsylvania Railroad Station located on Railroad Avenue and a landmark here since 1886 is scheduled to leave the scene in the near future, according to railroad officials here. Workmen are expected to begin the demolition job Monday, February 18th. It is estimated that two weeks will be needed to clear the spot.
The “operators” moved Monday to their new quarters in the south end of the freight station. The station, in addition to a waiting room, also housed, until recently, the passenger trainmen’s bunkroom. These units have been moved into other company buildings here.
The yard office now located on the west side of the tracks, was housed in the station until 1915.
This is the last of the three railroad stations that have occupied this same site. The first station was a small frame structure built about 1850 when the railroad was extended to the Delaware-Maryland line. The first station burned about 1870 and was replaced with another structure shortly thereafter. The second Station, built around 1870, still stands in back of the Delmar Feed Mills. This is the second site the No. 2 station has set on since it was retired as a passenger station. It was first moved down the street from the original site, near the freight station. Exactly when it was moved on down the feed mills was not available to us.
Many can remember when the present station was the beauty spot of the town with its large flower gardens and carefully pruned hedges and shrubs. They say a full time gardener was kept by the company, just to care for the two flower gardens, one on either end of the station. The late John Culver is believed to have been the last full time caretaker for those flower gardens.
Provisions have been made for a waiting room to accommodate passengers for the two scheduled trains through here in the operators room in the freight station.
Another landmark on the passing scene is scheduled to leave.
(Editors Note) We are grateful to Clyde Truitt, a retired “operator” for his efforts to obtain the facts on Delmar railroad history.
From the Bi-State Weekly Feb 15 1957