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Camden Station

Camden Station

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad's old Camden Station is now the East end of MARC's Camden Line. Trains depart from here for Washington D.C., traveling along CSX Transportation's mainline.

This is also the site of one of Baltimore's biggest attractions, Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Oriole fans arrive here by MARC or MTA Light Rail throughout the Major League Baseball season to watch games in Baltimore's beautiful stadium. A few blocks East of the station is Baltimore's Inner Harbor, which draws thousands of tourists and shoppers throughout the year. Harborplace and the Gallery offer a multitude of shops and restaurants, and the National Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center provide additional entertainment.

According to a recent announcement in Trains, MARC has canceled its Oriole ballgame service, due to a drop in ridership from 1500 to 400 passengers on game nights. While the regular commuter service will still bring fans to the games on weekdays, the trains stop before the conclusion of night games. At the moment, MARC seems to be operating a bus service to return fans to the D.C. area, but I do not have any information on how long this will continue.

Just south of Camden Yards is Bailey Wye, a junction between the CSX mainline and the line running into the coal docks and other industries around the Port of Baltimore. This is a great railfanning site, accessible via the many side streets in the area, with a small grassy noll in the center. All of the heavy traffic passing through Baltimore traverses this wye, as well as the numerous local freights heading for the port facilities.

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