Sunday I decided to take a ride and see exactly what was left along the abandoned CHRR line, at least what was visible from the roadway. In an effort to conserve bandwidth I'm skipping things that are available on rrpicturearchives and railpics.
I started in Clayton and worked my way south. The biodiesel plant that is served via a couple hundred yards of the original CHRR was recently sold at auction. According to local news oulets the new owner is supposed to reopen the plant. You can find pictures of this location on rrpicturearchives.
Moving down the line are many scenes like this one in between Clayton and Kenton.
In Kenton, a load of steel awaits shipment by truck. In the past this load might have shipped via the rails. Not today. Note the crossing mount in the foreground.
This appears to be the old station in Hartly, DE as it is directly along the old tracks and is in quite the state of disrepair.
There wasn't much to see in Marydel so I continued on to the next stop, Henderson, where there was little more to see.
I do remember at one time there was an old station at the entrance to a trailer park in Henderson. Its not there now. Maybe it was moved closer to its original location here in Goldsboro?
You can tell they're not expecting traffic on this line anytime soon!
Another scene showing the rural nature of the towns once served by this line. At least we don't need to worry about this one being paved over!
This building in Greensboro resembles a station and is directly along the tracks. Its now a home.
Perhaps this was the old depot next to the station. Now converted into several apartments.
In Ridgely I came across a few interesting things. You can veiw the brick station and cabin car elsewhere on the internet. I'll share what else I found
The rail that's mounted to the ties is marked 1924.
But the pile of rails left between was much older.
Much much Older
I'd bet this grain elevator was a customer of the railroad at one time, but it like the railroad is abandoned and dilapidated.
Crossing MD 404 and into Queen Anne I found another building along the tracks it appears now to be associated with the large grain silos just to the left of this shot.
The silos I spoke about previously
It was starting to get dark by this point in the day. On my way out I snapped a pic of the Queen Anne's Railroad trestle headed towards Denton. I couldn't resist.
I plan to continue the rest of the way to Oxford eventually. Im not sure when though.