Lewes association preserving railroad history in the area


LEWES, Del. – A group in Lewes is hoping to preserve the area’s railroad history, that dates back more than a century, by replicating pieces from the past.

The Lewes Junction Railroad and Bridge Association is using a more than 2-hundred-foot long section of railroad tracks, near the Lewes Library, as a place to honor their past. Organizers are also working with DelDOT to preserve a hand crank bridge in the Lewes Canal.

The association tells 47 ABC that one of the goals is to attract more people to town by displaying train cars on the tracks and including a replica of the Lewes Depot.

“One of the goals of this project is to attract people off the highway and to come into here to the museum in the library complex. And nothing does that quicker for kids and adults, and I will speak as a grandparent, than to see a train that looks like little Thomas the Train,” says Gary Wray, of the Lewes Junction Railroad and Bridge Association.

The group is planning to get a steam engine, passenger car and caboose from places across Delaware to put on the tracks near the library. Currently, they are working to be recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

If you’re interested in learning more about this, the association is holding a meeting on Friday night at 7 at the Lewes Public Library.

You can also contact Randy Voith, who is working on the project, via email: randyvoith@comcast.net.

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