I know this may seem an odd topic given the New Mexico (sometimes Texas and Southwest) flavor of this sight, but I recently visited Delaware and liked what I saw. I thought I’d share it within the context of a potential entry-level layout.
Southern Delaware has a vibrant agricultural economy. Tourism is big along the coast, but agriculture, particularly poultry and truck farms, are key components of the landscape and economy.
I will start by this series by giving you a feel for some of the operations you can model (Parts I, II and II). In Part IV, I will show a potential simple layout you could build to capture some Delaware action. In Part V, I will discuss locomotives and rolling stock and give a brief overview of possible operations.
To give you some starting context, here is a historic map of Delaware rail lines. Many of the lines are still in operation.
I hope you will enjoy this brief detour from the Southwest and the early 1990s.
Below is a sneak peak of the kind of operations I will share with you.