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Welcome to virtual tours of the Baltimore and Ohio (now CSX) railroad in Maryland. Each of the over 1000 tour photos
is accompanied by a thumbnail image, description, map location, reader comments and more.

Wanted: your old railroad photos

Comments? Corrections? EMail me. I hope you enjoy the tours! -Steve
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B&O Old Main Line Tour
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The OML is the route of the first commercial railroad in the United States as it pushed west from Baltimore, MD to the Ohio River.
It was constructed largely by hand between 1828 and 1835, and amazingly, continues in active railroading use even now.
== ACTIVE RAILROAD ==
MILE AREA DATE
0 to 1 Baltimore to Carrollton Viaduct Dec 2010
1 to 6 Morrell Park to Halethorpe Jul 2011
6 to 8 St. Denis to Avalon Dec 2010
8 to 11 Orange Grove to Ilchester Mar 2014
11 to 13  Ilchester to Grays May 2007
13 to 15 Ellicott City to Union Dam Aug 2012
15 to 18 Union Dam to Daniels Dec 2013
18 to 21 Daniels to Davis May 2014
  21.2 Granite Spur Jun 2010
22 to 25 Woodstock to Henryton Jun 2007
26 to 29 Henryton to Sykesville Oct 2008
  29.2 Springfield Hospital Spur Jan 2010
29 to 38 Gaither to Watersville Junction SEP 2014
38 to 43 Mt. Airy to West End Plane Feb 2014
44 to 51 Lynn Burke to Ijamsville Nov 2008
51 to 54 Hartman to Monocacy River Aug 2007
  54.2 Frederick Branch Nov 2009
54 to 59 Frederick Junction to Eastalco Sep 2007
60 to 65 Adamstown to Point of Rocks Sep 2007
== DISUSED ROUTES ==
MILE AREA DATE
10 Ilchester Dec 2010
11 Lees Sep 2006
15 Union Dam Dec 2013
18 Elysville/Alberton/Daniels Jul 2014
20 Davis Jun 2014
23 McKeldin Jun 2007
25 Henryton Jan 2007
28 Sykesville Oct 2008
29 Sykesville Tunnel Mar 2007
33 Woodbine Tunnel May 2007
36 Mt. Airy Planes Eastern approach Feb 2005
38 Mt. Airy Planes 1 and 2 Feb 2014
40 Mt. Airy Planes 3 and 4 May 2005
43 Mt. Airy Planes Western approach Apr 2009
38 Mt. Airy Loop - East Aug 2014
40 Mt. Airy Loop - West Aug 2014
50 Hartman Tunnel, East Dec 2008
51 Hartman Tunnel, West Jan 2009
61 Adamstown Cutoff Nov 2007
== TOPICAL PICTURE PAGES ==
Bridges - updated Jul 2011
Color-Position Light Signals - updated Sep 2013
Just Trains - updated Jun 2010
Mile by Mile - updated Jun 2014
Mysteries - updated Feb 2008
Photo Quiz - posted Jan 2006
Railfan by Satellite - updated Dec 2009
Stringers - updated May 2011
Tunnels - updated Jun 2006

B&O Washington Branch Tour
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The B&O Washington Branch (now CSX Capital Subdivision) splits from the Old Main Line in Relay and extends to Washington, DC.
It was built around 1835, but contains fewer surviving relics than the OML. The route is busier and less scenic.
MILE AREA DATE
9 to 10 Relay Jul 2011
10 to 13 Hanover to Dorsey Jul 2011
13 to 16 Dorsey to Jessup Jul 2012
  16.2 Waterloo Branch Sep 2002
  16.3 Columbia Branch Aug 2009
16 to 18 Jessup to Annapolis Junction Aug 2003
18 to 19 Annapolis Junction to Savage Nov 2013
19 to 22 Savage to Laurel Nov 2013
23 to 29 Laurel to Greenbelt Jan 2004
30 to 35 College Park to Brentwood Nov 2013
36 to 39 Ivy City to Washington Nov 2010
== TRACING DISUSED B&O SPURS ==
Parkway Center - updated May 2013
Patuxent Branch - updated Dec 2013

== TOPICAL PICTURE PAGES ==
Color-Position Light Signals - posted Sep 2013
Just Trains - posted Sep 2009
Milestones - updated Oct 2009
Mysteries - posted Oct 2007


B&O Metropolitan Branch Tour
sample pics
The B&O Metropolitan Branch, now CSX Metropolitan Subdivision, starts in Washington, DC and progresses northwest
to Weverton, MD. This tour continues to Harpers Ferry, WV as the Cumberland Subdivision.
MILE AREA DATE
0 to 2 Washington, DC Oct 2011
2 to 7 Brookland to Silver Spring Oct 2013
7 to 9 Silver Spring to Georgetown Jct May 2013
10 to 14 Forest Glen to Randolph Aug 2013
14 to 21 Rockville to Washington Grove Sep 2012
22 to 25 Gaithersburg to Waring Oct 2012
26 to 32 Germantown to Bucklodge Nov 2012
33 to 37 Barnesville to Dickerson Dec 2012
  37.0 Dickerson Spur Jan 2013
37 to 43 Monocacy to Point of Rocks Feb 2013
68 to 72 Point of Rocks to Lander Dec 2009
72 to 73 Catoctin to Brunswick Jan 2010
74 to 76 Brunswick Yard Feb 2010
76 to 79 Brunswick to Weverton Mar 2010
80 to 82 Sandy Hook to Harpers Ferry May 2010
== TRACING DISUSED B&O BRANCHES ==
Georgetown Branch, mile 0 to 1 - posted Jul 2010
Georgetown Branch, mile 1 to 2 - posted Aug 2010
Georgetown Branch, mile 2 to 3 - posted Sep 2010
Georgetown Branch, mile 3 to 4 - posted Oct 2010
Georgetown Branch, mile 4 to 6 - updated Dec 2010
Georgetown Branch, mile 6 to 8 - updated Jan 2011
Georgetown Branch, mile 8 to 11 - updated Apr 2014

== TOPICAL PICTURE PAGES ==
Just Trains - posted Jun 2013
Mile by Mile - updated Apr 2013


B&O Tours Around Baltimore
The B&O built (and rebuilt) many short branches and other connections in and around Baltimore. I've tried to group the photos into a logical order but there is some overlap. Locust Point Branch - updated Jan 2004
Camden Cutoff and Spur - updated Jun 2007

Other Area Rails
connections

and competition

for the B&O
NEWS: Mt. Airy Rails to Trails
Trolley / Streetcar Lines:
  Washington - Laurel, page 1: to Beltsville - posted May 2004
  Washington - Laurel, page 2: to Laurel - posted May 2004
  Ellicott City - Catonsville: to Catonsville - updated Sep 2010

Annapolis & Elk Ridge RR: Annapolis Junction to Annapolis - updated Feb 2005

Pennsylvania RR / Amtrak: Baltimore to Washington - updated Jun 2011

Miscellaneous: around the area - posted Dec 2010
Topographic Maps: B&O mileposts added - posted Oct 2008

Steve's Picks
My favorite pics and resource recommendations Favorite Pictures - updated Dec 2010
Favorite Books - updated Nov 2005
Favorite Links - posted Jun 2004

General Area Transportation Photos
miscellaneous Baltimore City Intersections - updated Aug 2013
initial (old) version of these pages Railroads - posted July 1999
Commuter Rails - posted July 1999
Highways and some RRs - posted August 1999

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