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Milepost 19 Below is a list of photos at mileposts along the B&O (now CSX) Metropolitan Branch (Met) in Maryland. The main purpose of this list is to illustrate terrain changes as the line heads northwest from Washington, DC. Many of these photos do not appear in the Met tour because they show nothing of particular historical note.

The photo links are named by approximate compass direction of their view. Unless otherwise noted, the trackside mile marker sign or post can be seen within the photo. The signs come in various shapes and sizes, but are typically black digits on a white reflective background, as in the picture at left. The RM column indicates a location with an old-style "rail milepost", believed to date to around 1910.

Over time I hope to fill data missing from the table. Any comments? EMail me.

MILE PHOTO(S) RM? ADC MAP COMMENTS
0 east n DC Dwn 8 C 1 mile 0 (unmarked) was the B&O Station at NJ Ave. and C Street
1 north, west n DC 10 E 12 mp 1 should be in the vicinity of Florida Ave., but is not extant
2 north, south n? DC 10 F 10 first extant Met mp; QN tower had been near
3 north, west, west n DC 10 F 8 Brookland-CUA Metro station
4 north Y DC 10 E 5 modern mp 4 signs are absent
5 north, south n DC 10 D 3 New Hampshire Avenue
6 north n DC 10 C 1 Aspen Street, Takoma Park Metro Station
7 north, north n Mo 37 B 11 Metro Red Line, Silver Spring in distance
8 west, south n Mo 36 K 9 green 8 is Metro's marker
9 north, south Y Mo 36 H 8 upside down 60
10 north Y Mo 36 F 5 the old style "mile marker on a rail" likely dates to around 1910
11 west n Mo 36 D 4 at Kensington; CSX 5458 and CSX 7785; sign no longer extant
12 north Y Mo 36 B 3
13 west, east (ICI) Y Mo 35 K 1 faded
14 west, east Y Mo 29 H 12
15 north, east n? Mo 29 F 9 uprooted concrete post
16 west, south Y Mo 29 D 8 near First Street
17 north Y Mo 29 C 6
18 north, south n Mo 29 B 3 uprooted concrete post; near Surbuban Propane siding
19 north, south Y Mo 20 A 13 CSX 5288
20 west, south n Mo 19 J 11 CSX 359, MD 200, Shady Grove Road
21 west, south, east Y Mo 19 G 9 opposite usual side of tracks; whistle post; uprooted concrete post
22 west n Mo 19 E 9 opposite usual side of tracks; uprooted concrete post
23 west, east Y Mo 19 B 8 small 2; uprooted concrete post; CSX 5013
24 west, east n Mo 18 K 7
25 west Y Mo 18 H 6 uprooted concrete post; S curve; Waring Station Road
26 north, south Y Mo 18 E 4 Great Seneca Highway
27 west n Mo 18 C 2
28 west, south n Mo 17 K 1 marker 20 hand-modified to 28 by CSX
29 west, east n Mo 17 H 1 uprooted concrete post; digits 2-9 unusually close together
30 west, east ? Mo 8 E 13 CPLs at crossovers; uprooted concrete post
31 west, east Y Mo 8 C 12 uprooted concrete post; leaning railpost; speed limit 70/55
32 west, east Y Mo 7 K 10 dual 32s
33 west, east n Mo 7 H 10 improvised 33; uprooted concrete post
34 west ? Mo 7 F 9 dual 34s (each side of track)
35 west ? Mo 7 C 8 dual 35s (same side of track); uprooted concrete post
36 west Y Mo 7 A 7
37 west, east Y Mo 6 H 6 different font style for digit 3
38 west N Fr 44 J 12
39 west, east Y Fr 44 G 10 Nolands Ferry Road
40 west Y Fr 44 E 9 marker-on-a-rail is on southwest side of tracks
41 west ? Fr 44 B 8
42 west Y Fr 43 J 7 Point of Rocks is less than a mile distant

All pictures courtesy Dave Hiteshew unless otherwise noted.
ICI = Intersystem Concepts, Inc.
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