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B&O Georgetown Branch Photo Tour

B&O Georgetown Branch
Modern day photo tour

Accompanying each photo below are:

Click a photo to see a larger view. Please send your comments and corrections to Steve.


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Georgetown Branch - Brief Historical Background:

Georgetown Junction
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Georgetown Junction
Mile: 0.0 Date: Aug 2008
Ease: B View: E
Area: A IC2: 292
Map: Mo 36 H 8 Topographic Maps

Freshly painted electrical boxes remind us the branch's meet with the Metropolitan Subdivision at Georgetown Junction lives on at least in name. Originally the B&O had called this spot Metropolitan Southern Junction.


Talbot Ave
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Talbot Ave
Mile: 0.1 Date: Aug 2008
Ease: B View: NW
Area: A IC2: 292
Map: Mo 36 H 8 Topographic Maps

A rickety-looking single-lane bridge carries Talbot Avenue over the tracks. On the left are remnants of the Georgetown Branch.

Link to older pic: 1967 view north from bridge


Signal
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Signal
Mile: 0.1 Date: Aug 2008
Ease: B View: SE
Area: A IC2:
Map: Mo 36 H 8 Topographic Maps

A style of signal rare in this region had once guarded outbound traffic from the branch.

Link to older pic: 1959


Frog
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Frog
Mile: 0.1 Date: Aug 2008
Ease: B View: NW
Area: A IC2:
Map: Mo 36 H 8 Topographic Maps

Some branch trackage survives, like this frog, with casting date of September 1977.


Weeds
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Weeds
Mile: 0.2 Date: Aug 2008
Ease: B View: W
Area: A IC2:
Map: Mo 36 H 8 Topographic Maps

The rusting disused tracks are now overgrown with weeds.


Matweld
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Matweld
Mile: 0.3 Date: Aug 2008
Ease: B View: W
Area: B IC2:
Map: Mo 36 H 8 Topographic Maps

A forgotten CSX Matweld maintenance of way machine sits forlornly.


Parking
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Parking
Mile: 0.4 Date: Nov 2008
Ease: A View: W
Area: B IC2:
Map: Mo 36 H 8 Topographic Maps

The tracks have been pulled up to become a parking area for a local business.


Capital Crescent Trail
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Capital Crescent Trail
Mile: 0.4 Date: Nov 2008
Ease: A View: SW
Area: A IC2:
Map: Mo 36 H 8 Topographic Maps

The future Capital Crescent Trail begins at Stewart Avenue. Signage indicates that for now this is called the Georgetown Branch Trail; the trail's mileposts are about 0.1 miles short compared to my reckoning.


You Are Here
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

You Are Here
Mile: 0.4 Date: Nov 2008
Ease: A View: W
Area: A IC2:
Map: Mo 36 G 8 Topographic Maps

This sign illustrates the route of the roughly 11 mile branch as it traces a crescent around the Washington, DC city limits. The "you are here" arrow is near the top.


Lyttonsville Place
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Lyttonsville Place
Mile: 0.6 Date: Nov 2008
Ease: B View: S
Area: A IC2: 240
Map: Mo 36 G 9 Topographic Maps

The Lyttonsville Place bridge looks more imposing than its two-lanes-of-traffic reality.

Link to older pic: ~1970


That's a Bridge
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

That's a Bridge
Mile: 1.2 Date: Nov 2008
Ease: B View: W
Area: A IC2:
Map: Mo 36 F 9 Topographic Maps

By comparison, the bridge at Rock Creek is something Crocodile Dundee would appreciate. The original 1880s incarnation was a 1400-foot wooden trestle of size and complexity not otherwise seen in this area.


Patchwork
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Patchwork
Mile: 1.2 Date: Nov 2008
Ease: B View: W
Area: A IC2:
Map: Mo 36 F 9 Topographic Maps

Repairs and shoring up for conversion into a pedestrian trail have given the trestle's woodwork a patchwork quilt appearance.

The original 1400-foot monster was in 1904 sized down to 281 feet by the addition of earthen fill on each side. Another rebuild followed in 1928, and once again in 1972 subsequent to Tropical Storm Agnes. It seems likely some surviving portions date to that 1972 rebuild.

Look on the right... beneath the surface of pedestrian walkway... are those railroad ties?


Rails
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Rails
Mile: 1.2 Date: Nov 2008
Ease: B View: NE
Area: A IC2:
Map: Mo 36 F 9 Topographic Maps

Not only are ties hiding under the walkway, but also B&O rails! Perhaps they add to the structural integrity of the bridge, and thus were left in place.

This "Steadfast Bridge" topping from the 2003 project was manufactured by Biltolast Products of Fort Payne, Alabama.


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