Bay Coast Railroad, Inc.
The Bay Coast Railroad, formerly known as the Eastern Shore Railroad, Inc. (ESHR) commenced operations on October 1, 1981 over the former Virginia and Maryland line from Pocomoke City, Maryland to Norfolk, Virginia, a distance of 96 miles. This north-south route on the Delmarva Peninsula was established in 1884 and is still the most direct route between the Northeast and Norfolk, Virginia. The BCRR consists of 70 miles of mainline and a 26 mile car float operation from Cape Charles to Little Creek, Virginia.
The BCRR route is strategically located between Norfolk Southern northern and western connections and Norfolk Southern Corporation and CSX Transportation with their southern and western connections. The BCRR by-passes the congested Northeast Corridor and its restricted clearances, with the unique capability to handle high-roof 60 ft. boxcars, tri-level enclosed auto racks, and over dimension shipments.
The uniqueness of this railroad is defined in its floating operations. Two barges (car floats) of 25 and 15 car capacity are used on the 26 miles water route across the Chesapeake Bay between Cape Charles and Little Creek. The tug boats used to pull the car floats are contracted. This float operation is one of only two remaining in the Eastern United States and is the longest water route in the country. This particular floating operation has been in continuous service from these terminals since April, 1885.
Float bridges consisting of four tracks each are located at both Cape Charles and Little Creek. These float bridges allow cars to be loaded directly onto our car floats.
BCRR's mainline is mostly 130 lb. rail with ongoing tie and surfacing projects to maintain at FRA Class II track standards. BCRR has two major yards at Cape Charles and Little Creek, Virginia. Little Creek Yard is also the site of our Weigh-In-Motion scales to better serve our customers.
BCRR motive power consists of four 1,750 hp EMD GP10 locomotives and two MRS1 Alco units to facilitate its mainline and switching operations.