This article describes in detail how a ship captain rather than an engineer moves his railroad cars across the Chesapeake Bay on a barge. The railroad carfloat crossing the mouth of the Chesapeake is part of short line Eastern Shore Railroad’s operations and one of the last such services in North America. The crossing dates to 1884 when the New York, Philadelphia & Norfolk Railroad opened between Norfolk and Pocomoke City, Maryland, offering an alternative to traveling through the congested areas of Washington and Baltimore. The article details a typical crossing in which a tugboat guides a barge across the bay, dodging Navy amphibious hovercraft, as well as pleasure craft and fishing boats. In addition, the article also describes how the carfloat, which handled 138,311 carloads in 1956, survives despite a considerable drop in that number today.

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    Kalmbach Publishing Company

    21027 Crossroads Circle, P.O. Box 1612
    Waukesha, WI  United States  53187
  • Authors:
    • Mitchell, A D
  • Publication Date: 2005-11


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 68-73
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  • Accession Number: 01006986
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2005 7:34AM