Let’s venture a bit farther south down to Bridgeville, DE. There is a large mill that Perdue uses to supply poultry producers. It is a bit large for a small layout, but could be selectively reduced.
There are three spurs here and would support a lot of operations. A reduced version could just feature one or two spurs.
The facility is larger than it appears in the aerial. There are warehouses on the other side of the track.
Even further south is the town of Seaford on the Nanticoke River and along the National Park Service’s Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Seaford is host to another poultry feed supplier–Venture Milling.
The Norfolk Southern is servicing the other side of the mill on the same day the above picture was taken.
An interesting, but fairly large facility which would likely require selective downsizing if modelled.
Our last destination in this post is Milford, DE. Again another agriculture-related customer.
Growmark FS supplies a wide variety of products to farmers including includes seed, plant nutrients, lime, and crop protection materials. In the above photo you see three covered hoppers spotted.
An interesting feature of this business is that the spur appears to actually serve the next door neighbor as well–United States Cold Storage.
It is unclear whether the spur is currently used by United States Cold Storage, but it gives the modeller the opportunity to bring in refrigerator cars and insulated box cars. The Company’s website does boast of having “Norfolk Southern Railroad service with 4 rail doors.”
Before we leave the western side of the Delaware, I wanted to briefly mention one business in Dover, Kraft Foods.
Located in Dover, the 117-acre site employs approximately 535 employees. It is like a little city. It manufactures food and beverage products such as; Stove Top stuffing mix, Jell-O desserts, Dream Whip whipped topping mix, and Kool-Aid, Country Time, Crystal Light soft drink mixes. Kool-Aid was only recently added to the line in Dover. Previously, it had been produced in Mexico. It is encouraging to see production come back to the United States.
Probably way too big to model but interesting nonetheless. Also, since Kool-Aid was important to me as a child, it is neat to know it is once again made in the United States. (Just as an aside–think about how much less waste there was with Kool-Aid–no plastic bottles, etc.)
Next post and map
Part III of this post will feature rail-served businesses in Lewes, Millsboro, and Frankford. To give you a geographic orientation, here is a map. With the exception of Dover, DE which is north of Harrington, the map shows the locations of the businesses on this post and Lewes (next post). Millsboro and Frankford are too far south to appear on this map. Until next time…