Railroad: Delray Connecting Railroad Company

The Delray Connecting Railroad company was organized in 1904 to provide service to Zug Island and the Solvay Process Company [MRC-1909]. The railroad continues in operation today and is owned by a subsidiary of United States Steel which purchased it from the National Steel Corp. The line has 15.5 miles of track, mostly on the island.


BuiltDelray Connecting RR → Active operation

Built: 1904 from Delray to Zug Island, in southwest Detroit and River Rouge

Became: Active corporation.

Reference: [MRRC]


Photo Info: Delray Connecting caboose #100 in a builders photo from the American Car & Foundry Co. The freight door on this caboose was unique, given that the DC didn't offer passenger or express service. [Charles Geletzke Jr. collection]

Delray Connecting CabooseTime Line

1920. The Delray Connecting and Delray Terminal have six dindukstries with six sidings and a car capacity of 1,064 cars. [DWT-1920]

2009. The DC had three locomotives, two EMD SW1200's and one EMD SW600 (#'s 1, 2 & 3). All were built between 1951 and 1952.

There are three (3) bridges on the DCRR. They are:

Bridge 141 - a 141 foot combination highway-rail bridge (main access to Zug Island). Built in 1914.

Jefferson Ave. Swing Bridge (emergency hot metal escape route). Built on an existing center pier in 1976.

Short-Cut Canal Bridge (hot metal). Built in 1922 and modified in 1950's.