Sending MARC to WIlmington

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Sending MARC to WIlmington

Postby Bensalem SEPTA rider » Sat Jan 01, 2005 10:26 am

I think it would be a good idea to extend the MARC to Wilmington DE so You would have a continuos Commuter rail system from DC to NYC. Sorta like a local Amtrak. Anyone else think this is a good idea?
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Postby Eltingville SINY » Sun Jan 30, 2005 2:31 pm

I think it would be great.

Question though - are there any stops between Baltimore and and Wilimington (aside from the SEPTA stop at Newark behind the Chrysler plant). If not, then some folks would ask "why?'.
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Postby walt » Mon Jan 31, 2005 4:48 pm

The biggest stop between Baltimore and Wilmington would be Aberdeen, MD., and maybe Perry Hall, MD. These, of course are already in MARC territory. As for Delaware, something providing a connection into Newark & the University of Delaware might be helpful, but I suspect that between Newark and Wilmington, stops would have to be established and new stations built.
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Postby MACTRAXX » Thu Feb 10, 2005 1:03 pm

Guys: GREAT IDEA!! I think that thru service to Wilmington would work fine - I think that DelDot would be responsive to expanded service to Newark,Churchmans Crossing and Wilmington. If they are scheduled correctly,transfers to SEPTA regional rail would work fine. I noticed that DelDot is more receptive to SEPTA than in the past - In my opinion,all Marcus Hook trains should be extended to Wilmington 7 days a week. I think that the need and ridership is there. Another new MARC station can be Elkton - How does the station look today? Could any more new stops be implemented elsewhere? Can a ticketing agreement for transfers be implemented? In Short- LET'S DO IT! MACTRAXX
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Postby AmtrakFan » Thu Feb 10, 2005 1:18 pm

I think that would be a good idea if there was the demand which their is with the College in Newark.
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Postby Ken W2KB » Sun Feb 13, 2005 5:16 pm

Any such service would include a market survey, so stations could be located where most advantageous, not necessarily in the traditional spot. That said, it does seem that it could provide a valuable service. That would leave only the Providence, RI to Shoreline east terminus stretch of the NEC without local service.
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Postby hsr_fan » Thu Feb 24, 2005 11:00 pm

I remember seeing an abandoned station not too far south of Wilmington, DE. Anyone know the story behind that?
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Postby MACTRAXX » Mon Mar 07, 2005 2:50 pm

Guys: I neglected to mention the main reason for MARC trains to operate to Wilmington: Amtrak maintains the AEM7s and HHP8s under contract at the WIL shop. As I mentioned,DelDot would be more than likely to support financially increased rail service to New Castle County. MACTRAXX
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Elkton /Wilmington

Postby skm » Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:11 pm

This topic was discussed in the old Railroad.net format. The following website contains a study on the feasilibilty of extending service to Elkton.


http://www.wilmapco.org/studies/Track%2 ... /index.htm
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Postby AEM7Fan » Fri May 06, 2005 6:14 pm

walt wrote:The biggest stop between Baltimore and Wilmington would be Aberdeen, MD., and maybe Perry Hall, MD.

I'm guessing when you say Perry Hall, you mean Perryville, which is the end of the line for MARC trains northbound on the Corridor.
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Postby Usafcop580 » Sat May 07, 2005 10:06 am

But how many of the stops would be profitable? At Perry Point, you would get alot of Veterans going to the VA hospital? Newark has a stop and a majority of folks who go to UDel generally have cars which they do not want to give up.
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Postby walt » Mon May 09, 2005 9:02 am

AEM7Fan wrote:
walt wrote:The biggest stop between Baltimore and Wilmington would be Aberdeen, MD., and maybe Perry Hall, MD.

I'm guessing when you say Perry Hall, you mean Perryville, which is the end of the line for MARC trains northbound on the Corridor.


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Postby Carmine » Fri Nov 11, 2005 6:53 am

Yeah, I was thinking about this last night. I wanted to go from NYP to WAS without using Amtrak, but then I was wondering how'd I get from a SEPTA train, which usually goes only as far down as Wilmington, to any of the MARC stations?

Oh well. What happens, happens!
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Postby njt/mnrrbuff » Sat Nov 12, 2005 7:58 pm

Good idea. That way, one could go between NYC and DC via commuter trains. The seats might not be as comfortable as Amtrak but better than a bus. In addition, one would have to change more than twice. Good idea, change Septa's regional rail patterns, like have every Septa train on the corridor run between Trenton and Wilmington or even Newark. That would enable two transfers. No one would want to transfer too meny times but two transfers isn't so bad.
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Marc to Wilmington

Postby skm » Mon Nov 14, 2005 9:55 am

If you really wanted to transfer from Wilmington to the Marc Stations in Aberdeen or Perryville, you could take Greyhound. The station is accross the street. I did it once (in a jam), several years ago from Aberdeen to Wilmington when my carpool buddy failed to show. (I got lucky with the schedule.) I transferred to the R2 to Ridley Park.
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