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Early Operations

Clarence Marshall filling #401 tender at water tower

T. Clarence Marshall fills the tender of the #401, 1960.

The Auburn Valley Railroad was operated several days in the fall of 1960, when the public was invited to ride. Wanting a second engine, Clarence bought an incomplete identical locomotive from Irene Lewis. Begun by her late husband, Martin Lewis of the Little Engines Company, it would become the #402. Clarence finished this engine and tender in the winter of 1960–61.

T. Clarence Marshall leaving West Yorklyn Station

T. Clarence Marshall leaves West Yorklyn Station with a full load of passengers, 1960.

In 1961, the railroad operated in cooperation with the Historic Red Clay Valley, Inc. (the future operating organization of the Wilmington and Western Railroad) and its member-volunteers, and Auburn Heights hosted 16 operating days from April to October that year. 

T. Clarence Marshall operating #402 at West Yorklyn Station

In the foreground, T. Clarence Marshall operates the #402 locomotive. In the background, Tom Marshall sells tickets at West Yorklyn Station, 1964.

Tom Marshall with #401 engine at West Yorklyn Station

Tom Marshall and others with the #401 locomotive at West Yorklyn Station, 1960s.