The Delaware Coast Line Railroad (DCLR) is a shortline railroad operating approximately 25 miles of rail lines in Sussex County, Delaware. The DCLR operates two lines under contract with the State of Delaware: the Milton and Lewes branches. DCLR also maintains overhead rights over Norfolk Southern on the Indian River Secondary between Ellendale and Georgetown, De, to move motive power only. All DCLR operations on DCLR branches are conducted under restricted speed rules.
Active motive power on the DCLR includes ALCO RS36 2, ALCO T6 19, MLW RS18 182 and GE B23-7s 4024 and 4054. Operations are conducted on radio frequency 160.455 mhz (AAR 23).
Milton Branch operations are based out of Milton, De, where DCLR train crews taxi from Georgetown to their power as required, typically on weekday mornings. The branch itself begins at the NS interchange in Ellendale and continues eastward 5 miles to the end of track located just west of Milton. The Milton branch has one customer, Baker Petroleum, who started rail service in 2010. DCLR has runaround tracks at Ellendale and the siding at Baker to help facilitate operations.
Lewes Branch operations are based out of Georgetown, De, where DCLR train crews are on duty as required, typically on weekday mornings. The line begins at the NS interchange in Georgetown and continues eastward through the stations of Gravel Hill, Harbeson, Nassau and Lewes. Customers on the Lewes branch include Mountaire Farms and Schagrin Gas in Georgetown, as well as SPI Pharma in Lewes. Of note, the Lewes branch features a rare hand crank swing bridge at Lewes to access the trackage in town. DCLR has runaround tracks at Georgetown, Harbeson and Nassau to help facilitate operations.