MDDE Promotions

Federalsburg, MD (September 10, 2021)

To our valued partners:

On behalf of the Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company (MDDE), I am pleased to announce the following management changes:

Allen “Sam” Pate, who has served as MDDE’s General Manager since 2016, has retired from his management role. Sam was first hired at MDDE in the late 1980s and worked in the operations and maintenance of way departments for a number of years before leaving to pursue a career in human resources. He returned to MDDE in 2011 and served as Chief Mechanical Officer until being elevated to the General Manager role.

Andrew Rementer has been promoted to General Manager. Andrew has served as MDDE’s Chief Mechanical Officer since 2018. Prior to joining MDDE in 2017 as a trainman, Andrew worked in operations with Norfolk Southern for 17 years. Cody Brinkley has been promoted Chief Mechanical Officer. Mr. Brinkley has been with MDDE since 2018, during which time he became certified as a conductor, engineer and track inspector.

We are grateful to Sam for his many years of excellent service, and we are fortunate that he will continue to be a valuable resource to the MDDE, working part-time within the operations department.

We are also very excited to have Andrew and Cody step up to fill the General Manager and Chief Mechanical Officer positions. Andrew is a seasoned railroad industry veteran with an excellent work ethic and strong leadership skills. I look forward to working with him in his new capacity.

Likewise, Cody has proven himself to be a very skilled and dependable railroader. Since joining MDDE three and a half years ago, he has taken it upon himself to learn about many different aspects of the railroad and we have no doubt that he will be very successful in this new role.

In other personnel news, Brandy Cathcart was recently elevated to Accounting Manager. Brandy joined the MDDE team in 2016 as a bookkeeper and I am very proud of how she has progressed. Brandy has not only become very knowledgable on the financial side of our business, she has also taken on a number of administrative responsibilities, and is a real joy to have in the office.

The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company has proudly, and safely, served the freight needs of the Delmarva Peninsula since 1977 and we look forward to continuing on for many more years to come.

Cathrin Banks

President and General Counsel

410-754-5735 Ext. 104 | cbanks@mdde.com


MDDE Makes Informational Video for Local Schoolchildren

Federalsburg, MD (August 4, 2020) - The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company (MDDE) recently made this informational video for a virtual “career day” at a local elementary school.

In these challenging times it was our great pleasure to be able to give back to the local community even when we can't have the face to face interactions to which we're all accustomed.

Click HERE to come along for a day out on the railroad, meet some of our team members and learn more about what we do!


MDDE Coronavirus Update

Federalsburg, MD (March 19, 2020)

To our valued partners:

We are all facing an unprecedented situation as the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread. The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company (MDDE) recognizes the important role we play for your business and we are committed to maintaining high-quality, uninterrupted service to our customers throughout this uncertain time.

We are carefully monitoring this evolving situation in an effort to anticipate potential challenges before they arise. The health and safety of our employees, customers and vendors continues to be of the highest priority. To that end, we are taking the following actions to mitigate the risks of the coronavirus:

- Reducing the number of employees in the office by asking those who are able to work from home to do so. Rest assured that this will not affect your ability to reach us by phone or email.

- Utilizing split teams for train crews to limit the potential exposure of our operations employees.

- Ensuring that crew reporting locations, equipment, and other facilities remain supplied with cleaning and disinfecting products.

- Adhering closely to facility-specific guidance from our customers on limiting or eliminating physical interaction between train crews and facility staff.

The spread of the coronavirus has necessitated a range of actions by federal and state authorities to contain the virus and mitigate its effects. I’m sure you are all checking the news regularly to keep up with the latest developments, just as we are. Some states have implemented “shelter in place” policies, quarantine zones and/or other forms of geographically defined restrictions. While railroads are generally regulated by the federal government due to their role in interstate commerce, we have been watching these developments closely. Freight railroads, as essential carriers in the supply chain, have been exempt from these state-wide restrictions and have been able to continue to operate normally. We expect the same will be true in Maryland and Delaware, if and when such additional restrictions are put into place.

MDDE is continually updating our contingency plans based on our current understanding of the virus and compliance with health guidelines and government requirements. I am sure your plans and procedures are also evolving as additional information becomes available. As always, we welcome open communication. Please let us know how we can best support your company’s safety protocols, social distancing measures, etc.

We are in regular communication with our partners in state and local government, as well as our Class I connections and short line colleagues. We will provide any relevant updates as needed, but please do not hesitate to contact me directly with any questions or concerns. I can always be reached via email or on my cell phone (443-235-9240).

We appreciate your business and your trust.

Cathrin Banks

President and General Counsel

410-754-5735 Ext. 104 | cbanks@mdde.com


MDDE's Banks Elected to B&O Museum Board

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Federalsburg, MD (March 1, 2020) - The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company is pleased to announce that President Cathrin Banks was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the BB&O Railroad Museum.

According to the Museum’s Mission Statement:

Comprised of the oldest and most comprehensive collection of railroad history in the Western Hemisphere, the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Inc. is a unique cultural and educational asset for the city and the region. An unparalleled roster of the 19th and 20th century railroad equipment, original shop buildings, and surviving tracks at the historic Mt. Clare site provide an integrated resource to present virtually every aspect of American railroad development and its impact on our society, culture and economy.

“I’m extremely honored to serve on the B&O Railroad Museum’s Board,” Banks said. “The Museum serves a steward of railroading history, not just for the Baltimore & Ohio — the country’s oldest railroad — but for our industry as a whole. I’m proud to support the Museum’s work and their mission of preserving railroad history and bringing that history to a board public audience."

The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company is a short line railroad with a network of approximately 120 miles, and has served freight customers on the Delmarva Peninsula for over 40 years.


American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association Visits MDDE

Federalsburg, MD (July 2, 2019) - The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company had the pleasure of hosting representatives from the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA) at its Federalsburg headquarters on June 27, 2019.

Placeholder imageMDDE and ASLRRA officials at Federalsburg

The ASLRRA ensures that short line and regional railroads have a voice in Washington, D.C. by advocating on our behalf with regard to many important issues, including the Short Line Railroad Track Maintenance Tax Credit, preventing legislation to permit longer and heavier trucks, and promoting balanced, sensible regulation.

ASLRRA President Chuck Baker and several of his colleagues made the trip from Washington, D.C. last week in order to see first-hand the impact their work has on small businesses like MDDE. Mr. Baker and his team met with MDDE President Cathrin Banks, Vice President of Finance John Paredes, General Manager Sam Pate, Bookeeper Brandy Cathcart and Supervisor of Locomotive Engineers Randy Rash, in addition to several other MDDE team members. They also had the opportunity to view the facilities of several of MDDE’s largest customers, and to discuss new projects and growth opportunities in the region.

MDDE was honored to be the first short line “field trip” for Mr. Baker and his new team.

The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company is a short line railroad with a network of approximately 120 miles, and has served freight customers on the Delmarva Peninsula for over 40 years.


MDDE Resumes Freight Service to Snow Hill, MD

Federalsburg, MD (June 19, 2019) - The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company (MDDE) has resumed freight service to Tyson Foods in Snow Hill, Maryland.

MDDE made its first delivery to Tyson since 2012 on June 18, 2019.

Placeholder imageMDDE and local officials celebrate the return of freight trains to Snow Hill

In 2018, MDDE began a major capital improvement project on its Snow Hill Line – which runs from Frankford, Delaware to Snow Hill, Maryland – that will continue through 2021. The Railroad obtained a $2 million Secretary’s Grant through the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), which is being matched with $1 million of MDDE’s own funds. Also supporting the project, for both the Railroad and Tyson Foods, are the Maryland Department of Commerce, the Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development, and the Maryland Department of Agriculture.

Placeholder imageMDDE spots the first loaded railcars at Tyson Foods in seven years

MDDE President Cathrin Banks said the following of the service resumption: “I would like to express my deep gratitude for the support this project has received from the Maryland Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. We are indebted to Secretary Rahn, Secretary Bartenfelder, Secretary Schulz, and Secretary Holt for their generosity, not just in terms of the financial assistance being provided, but also with regard to the sweat equity of the many phone calls, meetings and hours of work that have gone into getting us to this point. We are also very grateful to Tyson Foods for their willingness to rebuild our relationship, which I hope will be mutually beneficial. It is truly incredible to see so many entities pulling together towards a common goal.”

The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company is a short line railroad with a network of approximately 120 miles, and has served freight customers on the Delmarva Peninsula for over 40 years.


MDDE Promotes Banks to President

Federalsburg, MD (January 1, 2019) - The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company (MDDE) is pleased to announced that Cathrin S. Banks has been promoted to President of the company as of January 1, 2019.

Placeholder imageCathrin S. Banks

Ms. Banks previously served as MDDE’s Assistant General Counsel, and more recently as Vice President and General Counsel. Prior to joining MDDE, Ms. Banks spent several years at the prominent Baltimore trial law firm of Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC. She has also worked for Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, and the Hon. Albert J. Matricciani, Jr. of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Ms. Banks was born in Stuttgart, Germany and raised in Salisbury, Maryland, where she graduated from James M. Bennett High School. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland College Park, and a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland.

At 33, Ms. Banks is one of the youngest female CEO’s in the railroad industry.

The Maryland and Delaware Railroad Company is a short line railroad with a network of approximately 120 miles, and has served freight customers on the Delmarva Peninsula for over 40 years.