Corporate Genealogy
Delaware, Maryland and Virginia

INTRODUCTORY

The Delaware, Maryland and Virginia is a corporation of the States of Delaware, Maryland and Virginia, having its principal office at Georgetown, Del. It is controlled by The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company through ownership of a majority of the capital stock. The records reviewed do not indicate that this company controls any carrier corporation.

The property of the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia was operated by its own organization from the date of its formation, May 31,1883, to July 1, 1885, and from the latter date by the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad Company and its successors, the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company and The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company. The rights and obligations of the latter as lessee or operating agent, under the agreement of August 1, 1885, were assumed by the Pennsylvania Railroad under its lease of the property of The Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company, dated December 13,1917, which became effective January 1, 1918. On January 1, 1918, its common-carrier property with that of the Pennsylvania Railroad was taken over for operation by the United States Railroad Administration, which operated it on the date of valuation.

CORPORATE HISTORY

The Delaware, Maryland and Virginina was incorporated, as indicated hereunder, for the purpose of acquiring and consolidating the properties, rights, and franchises of the Breakwater and Frankford Railroad Company, the Worcester Rail Road Company, and the Junction and Breakwater Railroad Company. Pursuant to this purpose, the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia acquired at its organization the property, rights, and franchises of the three corporations named. The Delaware, Maryland and Virginia itself and those corporations total four corporations, of which one underwent a change of name, and comprise the line of corporate succession culminating in the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia as at present constituted.

The following chart shows the names of the corporations, the respective dates of incorporation, and for each predecessor the date and manner of succession. Reference to each of these corporations is made in the last column by its respective number shown in the first column.

No. Name Incorporation Succession
1 The Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Railroad Company Under special acts of Virginia, Apr. 2, 1877, Delaware, Mar. 20, 1877, and Maryland May 3, 1882, through articles of consolidation dated May 8, 1883, filed May 31, 1883.
2 Breakwater and Frankford Railroad Company See 3 Consolidated May 31, 1883, with 4 and 5, to form 1.
3 Lewes' and Millsboro Railroad Company Under special act of Delaware, Feb. 2, 1835. Name changed Apr. 19, 1873, to 2.
4 Worcester Rail Road Company. Under special acts of Maryland, May 24, 1853, and Virginia, Mar. 2, 1876. Consolidated May 31, 1883, with 2 and 5, to form 1.
5 Junction and Breakwater Railroad Company. Under special act of Delaware, Feb. 13, 1857. Consolidated May 31, 1883, with 2 and 4, to form 1.
DEVELOPMENT OF FIXED PHYSICAL PROPERTY

The mileage owned by the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia was all acquired in consolidation. The property constructed by its predecessors, the years when the various portions of the line were constructed, and the manner in which this company acquired the property are indicated in the following table, wherein to facilitate comparison with the table showing the corporate succession, previously given, the same order of corporations is maintained.

Acquired by consolidation of May 31, 1883:
      From the Breakwater and Frankford Railroad Company, constructed by that company, Georgetown, Del., to the Maryland State line, 1874 19.31
From the Worcester Rail Road Company, constructed by that company, Maryland-Delaware State line to Franklin City, Va., about 1876 34.81
From the Junction and Breakwater Railroad Company, constructed by that company, Harrington to Rehoboth, Del.--
      Harrington to Lewes, 1858-1869
Lewes to Rehoboth, 1878 43.52
TOTAL 97.64
Difference between recorded mileage and mileage inventoried .04
Mileage inventoried as of date of valuation 97.68

TRAFFIC CONNECTIONS

The Delaware, Maryland and Virginia has connections with other carriers for interchange of traffic, as follows:

 
Carrier
 
 
Connecting points
 
Baltimore, Chesapeake & Atlantic Railway Company Berlin, Md.
The Delaware Railroad (Pennsylvania Railroad, lessee) Harrington, Del.
Maryland, Delaware & Virginia Railway Company Ellendale and Lewes, Del.

LEASED RAILWAY PROPERTY

The entire property of the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia is subject to operation by the Pennsylvania Railroad under an agreement of August 1, 1885, made by this company and the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company. The rights and obligations under that agreement were assumed by the Pennsylvania Railroad in its lease of the property of the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, successor to the Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad Company, dated December 13, 1917, effective January 1, 1918. On January 1, 1918, the common-carrier property of the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia was taken over for operation with that of the Pennsylvania Railroad by the United States Railroad Administration, which operates it on date of valuation.


Original data source: Valuation Reports Vol. 22 pp 881, 884-885, 894-895
Interstate Commerce Commission
Washington, DC
January 1929

Although published in 1929, the report is "...as of date of valuation" which was 30 June, 1918


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