Delaware mineralogical society

A Delaware 501(c)(3) non-profit earth-science educational organization


Piedmont Prospector Train Excursion, Wilmington, DE

Geology Tour of Minerals

September 22, 2018: 'Piedmont Prospector' aboard the Wilmington & Western Railroad with Sandy Schenck, Geologist, the Delaware Geological Survey

When: Sept. 22, 2018

Departure: 12:30 p.m. Plan on being at the station about 30 min. before departure (12 o'clock)

Fare: $22 per person (If 30 or more of us go, there’s a $5 discount per seat making it $17). Adults and children same price. DMS will make a deposit to hold our reservations at the appropriate time. And after enough people have signed up (confirmed) for the trip I’ll ask you to send the fare to me and I’ll pay WWRR)

Description: The Piedmont Prospector is a train trip on the Wilmington Western Rail Road starting at Greenbank Station, going up the Red Clay Valley to Yorklyn and returning. Sandy Schenck, a geologist at the Delaware Geological Survey, will describe geological features along the way, with several stops. Sandy is both educational and entertaining.

This is a great outing day for the entire family. Previously, in 2014, DMS took this trip and booked the entire train. Everyone had a super time. Sandy later told me he was concerned we’d never leave the Red Clay stop, everyone was so engrossed looking for garnet and sillimanite (which we did find).

From the WWRR web site:


Explore the geologic history of the Delaware Appalachian Piedmont, which contains rock dating from 440 million back to 1.2 billion years ago. Delaware Geologic Survey scientist William "Sandy" Schenck, P.G., will lead you on a 4-hour round-trip tour up the line and will discuss how these rocks came to be. Several stops will be made along the trip to get up close with geology. You'll even have an opportunity to pan for garnets in the Red Clay Creek!
This event is powered by our 1929 railcar, "The Paul Revere."

Please visit the WWRR website for additional information, such as food and directions and what to wear...

One final note: The primary purpose of this trip is educational; Sandy Schenck will talk about the geological formations, rocks, minerals and history of Delaware's Piedmont. Though we will have opportunity to pan for garnets, and search for sillimanite (Delaware State Mineral) in the Red Clay Creek, this is really not a collecting trip.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

SIGN UP: Sign up early, the train only holds 40 passengers. To sign up for the trip, please email Tom Pankratz at I’ll return a confirmation. If I don’t, please re-contact me.