I generally post stories of Milton people, but this story is about two railroad trestle bridges in the last remaining section of railroad track within Milton, between Route 30 and Federal Street. Until the existence of these bridges was pointed out to me, I never noticed their existence even though they appear clearly in satellite imagery of that area, imagery that I have looked at dozens of times! Both bridges are west of Federal Street; the nearest to that street spans Ingram Branch and the other crosses over Pemberton Branch. Neither can be spotted from the street, as they are hidden by trees and other vegetation, and are well back from any roadway.
The photo below is of the span over Pemberton Branch, which is in remarkably good condition; DelDot, who I believe owns the track and the right-of-way, has apparently maintained it. It is certain that it would have been rebuilt multiple times since the Queen Anne RR reached Milton in 1897.
The photograph below is of the bridge over the Ingram Branch, very close to Federal Street. This structure also appears well maintained, and is similar in design to its sibling over the Pemberton Branch. It is taller than the latter, and considerably more overgrown on all sides.
From various reports I have read, DelDot has been very active in transforming former railroad right-of-way into paved biking and walking trails throughout the state. The terminology used is RTT (rails to trails) and RWT (rails with trails); RTT is a full conversion of right-of-way to a paved trail, while WWT is a trail running parallel to an active track. In Sussex County, much of this trail development has been east of the Coastal Highway; one example is the Junction and Breakwater Trail that runs from Lewes to Rehoboth. In Milton, the stretch of track between Chestnut and Federal Street, where the former depot stood, was converted into a paved biking/walking trail sometime after 2010, after some environmental remediation. This conversion was termed Phase I. Phase II would extend the trail to Lavinia Street, and a third phase would extend the trail beyond that, possibly to Route 30. I was told by a property owner who lives next to the railroad right of way on Federal Street that the track area had recently been surveyed. We can hope that this is an indication that Phase II may proceed in the near future. Having now seen a portion of this abandoned right-of-way, I am convinced it would make an excellent trail.