OAKMONT, Pa. (June 21, 2017) – Carload Express Inc. (CEI) today unveiled a video during the Summer 2017 Delmarva Freight Summit in Newark, Delaware, to mark its six-month milestone of operating the 162-mile Delmarva Central Railroad in Delaware and Maryland.
Within the first 48 hours of taking over the rail line, CEI subsidiary Delmarva Central Railroad Company (DCR) moved 12 additional locomotives into operation, established five offices and transitioned all communications systems. Within the first 90 days of operation DCR moved nearly 6,500 railcars, provided all customers with five-day-per-week service (an increase of 150 percent in most cases), and suffered no injuries or derailments. DCR is managed locally in Harrington, Delaware.
Freight operations are based out of Harrington, Dover, Seaford and Delmar. The lines run from near Porter, Delaware (south of Wilmington), south to Pocomoke City, Maryland; and from Harrington, Delaware, to Frankford, Delaware.
“We’re thrilled to mark this six-month milestone working with our team and customers on the Delmarva Central Railroad,” said Carload Express CEO Russell Peterson. “Our video provides important highlights of our efforts to serve the Delmarva community. Carload Express is eager to serve our new customers and support the economic development of the region.”
DCR is the fourth shortline railroad operated by Carload Express, joining Allegheny Valley, Southwest Pennsylvania and Ohio Terminal railroads. Since beginning operations in 1992 with 4,400 annual carloads, Carload Express has grown its traffic over 1,700 percent to nearly 80,000 carloads per year. Carload recently purchased 17 additional locomotives to support operations and future company expansion, bringing the company’s fleet to 44 locomotives.
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About Carload Express
Carload Express Inc. operates four shortline railroads: The Allegheny Valley Railroad (AVR) and Southwest Pennsylvania Railroad (SWP) serving western Pennsylvania; the Ohio Terminal Railway (OHIO) serving the Ohio River Valley bordering Ohio and West Virginia; and the new Delmarva Central Railroad (DCR) serving Delaware and Maryland on the Delmarva Peninsula. We anticipate handling approximately 80,000 shipments this year, equating to roughly 320,000 fewer trucks on local highways, lowering congestion and road maintenance costs, while significantly reducing carbon emissions and greenhouse gases. For more information, please see: carloadexpress.com.