Millions of train commuters pass through Wilmington, Delaware every day, but many do not fully appreciate the significance of the station or the city. At the height of industrialization, Wilmington was a central hub for the largest private rail operators in the country, and a center for innovation in railroad engineering. The Pennsylvania Railroad, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and the Philadelphia Wilmington Baltimore Railroad provided the backbone for the most convenient public transportation in the world at the time.
How did Wilmington become a transportation hub? What innovations came from Wilmington? What was it like to be a commuter in the 19th century Eastern US?
We look forward to discussing these questions and listening to your input at our next get together!