Wilmington and Western Railroad
The Wilmington and Western Railroad is a working tourist railroad in Wilmington, Delaware, featuring steam and diesel locomotives, passenger cars, cabooses, and a "doodlebug," the name given to self-propelling passenger cars. The railroad offers rides on ten miles of tracks between Greenbank and Hockessin along Red Clay Creek. It is available to rent for birthday parties, weddings, and other events. The railroad was originally established in 1867 as a freight and passenger service until eventually becoming a tourist attraction in the mid-1960s. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988.
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