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Around the Baltimore-Washington Area

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Old Court Station

Old Court Station
Mile: Date: Jun 1999
Ease: B View: SE
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ba 25 C 12 Topographic Maps

Old Court is the penultimate station at the NW edge of the Baltimore Metro. Baltimore's original subway plan called for 6 lines to criss-cross the city and surrounding county in a configuration similar to that of Washington, DC. For various reasons, only the 15-mile-long line from Owings Mills, Maryland, northwest of Baltimore city, into downtown Baltimore has been constructed to date. As of 2016, no other lines are actively under construction.

Though I have high regard for most rail equipment manufactured by Budd Company, I find these cars to be unattractive in appearance. They remind me of the boxy, bulky rolling stock of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation in New York City.


JH Hospital

JH Hospital
Mile: Date: Apr 2000
Ease: B View:
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 35 E 12 Topographic Maps

The downtown end of the Baltimore Metro serves Johns Hopkins Hospital. Artistic murals decorate most of the system's underground stations.


Remington

Remington
Mile: Date: Sep 2004
Ease: A View: E
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 35 A 8 Topographic Maps

In the Remington neighborhood of Baltimore, between Sisson Street and Huntingdon Avenue, boxcars have been stranded so long even their rails are gone or buried. These cars have been removed since photo time.

Also of note are the 8-lamp CPLs... this is former B&O trackage, part of its Belt Line. Now it's within CSX's Baltimore Terminal Subdivision, but the mileposts are extensions of those of CSX's Philadelphia Subdivision.


Ma and Pa

Ma and Pa
Mile: Date: Oct 2010
Ease: A View: N
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 35 A 8 Topographic Maps

The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad lived a life tortured by sharp curves between Baltimore, Maryland and York, Pennsylvania. Though this section of the Ma & Pa was abandoned in 1958, relics like this maintenance shed can still be seen in the Jones Falls valley.

Links: Wikipedia entry, photo tour


Baltimore and Annapolis

Baltimore and Annapolis
Mile: Date: Mar 2016
Ease: B View: N
Area: C+ IC2:
Map: Ba 42 J 6 Topographic Maps

The B&A connected its namesake cities. MD 295 expropriated some of its alignment in this area, but an empty B&A tunnel still runs adjacent behind these closed gray doors.


Bayview Yard

Bayview Yard
Mile: Date: 1999
Ease: B View: NW
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 36 C 12 Topographic Maps

East of Baltimore you'll find Norfolk Southern's Bayview Yard, seen here. CSX also has a Bayview Yard located off frame to the right. The distant elevated roadway is I-895.

Link: Todd's site with Bayview info


Seagirt Marine Terminal

Seagirt Marine Terminal
Mile: Date: Aug 2015
Ease: B View: N
Area: C IC2:
Map: Ba 44 B 10 Topographic Maps

Seagirt Marine Terminal opened in 1990 upon land created by the dredging for I-95's Fort McHenry Tunnel. Both CSX and Norfolk Southern service the terminal. The brick buildings beyond belong to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center about 6 miles from the camera. I-95 and I-895 are on the left.


Canton Railroad

Canton Railroad
Mile: Date: Jul 2016
Ease: A View: S
Area: B- IC2:
Map: Ba 44 A 3 Topographic Maps

Primarily a CSX operation, Penn Mary is one of the yards near Seagirt, and where you will find CTN 1501 the Canton Railroad (CTN) pushing and pulling.

CTN is a Class III Railroad owned by the State of Maryland and operated by Maryland Transportation Authority. CTN 1501 is an EMD model SW1500 locomotive built during 1967 and purchased from the Southern Pacific.

Links: CTN 1501 photos, Canton RR Company site


Fort McHenry

Fort McHenry
Mile: Date: Jul 2016
Ease: A View: W
Area: B- IC2:
Map: Ba 43 J 5 Topographic Maps

Many common carriers had served -- and still do serve -- the Canton port area east of the center of Baltimore City. Spurs and sidings tangle everywhere, such as these off Clinton Street that can admire Ft. McHenry's 15-star flag.


Very Narrow Gauge

Very Narrow Gauge
Mile: Date: Jul 2016
Ease: A View: NE
Area: C IC2:
Map: Ba 43 K 3 Topographic Maps

Rails of a private industrial transport system cross Haven Street near its southern limit. Before the Harris Rebar company operated here, American Smelting & Refining Co. (ASARCO) used industrial rail equipment, including a Whitcomb gasoline-powered engine, to pull carts betweens buildings. Note the switch near photo center.


Cromwell Station

Cromwell Station
Mile: Date: May 1999
Ease: A View: SE
Area: A IC2:
Map: AA 7 J 1 Topographic Maps

One of Baltimore's proposed subway lines morphed into Light Rail. For the most part, the Light Rail system traces a roughly 30 mile north-south route through Baltimore city along rights of way of former railroads and interurban lines. The Cromwell location seen here opened during the early 1990s but previously was served by the Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad.


Light Rail Interior

Light Rail Interior
Mile: Date: 1999
Ease: B View:
Area: IC2:
Map: Topographic Maps

I had found no Light Rail car interior pictures online, so now that's solved. As you might expect, the Light Rail's design resembles that of a trolley.


Train Approaching
NEW! mid-Nov 2017

Train Approaching
Mile: Date: Oct 2017
Ease: A View: N
Area: B- IC2:
Map: Ba 42 J 10 Topographic Maps

Train Approaching! Train Approaching! Actually the Light Rail train on the right was moving away from the camera after departing the Baltimore Highlands station, but as railfans we can relate and forgive the sign for getting a little overexcited.


Over I-83

Over I-83
Mile: Date: Sep 2016
Ease: B View: NW
Area: B- IC2:
Map: Ba 35 A 10 Topographic Maps

Transportation tangles in a stack at the Jones Falls west of Pennsylvania Station. This Light Rail train has emerged from that station and is crossing over I-83 bound for BWI Airport.

In this vicinity
Mount Royal Avenue goes over
Howard Street, which goes over
Baltimore Light Rail, which goes over
Interstate 83, which goes over
the B&O Belt Line (CSX), which goes over
the Pennsylvania Railroad (Amtrak), which goes over
the Jones Falls river.

The double arches of Howard Street hide the B&O's Belt Line route, now part of CSX. Remnants of the Ma & Pa are at far right, and the Pennsy's (now Amtrak's) route to Washington, DC is closer, while parallel but even closer is a disused alignment of the Northern Central Railway. There's no shortage of both disused and active railroads in this spot.

Link: 1992 Sun article


Northern Central

Northern Central
Mile: Date: Sep 2016
Ease: B View: SE
Area: C IC2:
Map: Ba 35 A 10 Topographic Maps

The Northern Central Railway's bridge over the Jones Falls has been transmogrified into an access road over which this maintenance truck is rolling. Penn Station looms straight in the distance. I-83 is on the right. Heading north from here, Baltimore's Light Rail now follows much of the NCRY's old right-of-way.


Redeye_Wiki

Redeye Wiki
Mile: Date: Sep 2016
Ease: B View: S (up)
Area: B- IC2:
Map: Ba 35 A 10 Topographic Maps

Explore enough and you'll find this pool table stencil. There are no online references to its text, at least none I can find. Given the art schools in this vicinity, I suspect it's a student's project, but you are welcome to let me in on its secret if you know better. If one-of-a-kind, it's not a sort of Toynbee tile. It dates to around 2013 and is large enough to be seen in aerial photos if you know where to look.

The text reads, "Nothing's fun or fair in war anymore." "Get your own redeye wiki." "You're a funsuck, Astrid" "Fine, handicap filter on." "Handicap on" "Blind spot" "Pupil"

Link: Toynbee tiles


MMID 2061

MMID 2061
Mile: Date: Nov 2016
Ease: A- View: SE
Area: A IC2:
Map: Fr 7 B 2 Topographic Maps

Autumn arrived just in time to match the livery of MMID 2061. This Maryland Midland unit began life in 1967 as C&O 3892. Maryland Midland is a short line railroad that operates between Reisterstown, MD and Blue Ridge Summit, PA on ex-Western Maryland (WM) track purchased from CSX. A disused WM signal box and pole observes the action from the right.

Link: Maryland Midland railfanning


WB&A Trail
NEW! mid-Nov 2017

WB&A Trail
Mile: Date: Nov 2017
Ease: A- View: SW
Area: A IC2:
Map: PG 10 A 8 Topographic Maps

Rails-to-trails projects have transformed much of the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Railway's (WB&A's) old right of way but utility poles die hard.

At photo time this section was actively under consideration for a trails-to-rails project of a high-speed superconducting maglev train connecting Baltimore and Washington. In the future the line would perhaps extend to both Richmond, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts. As with all such projects understandably there are also NIMBYs. The links have more info.

Links: Baltimore Washington SCMaglev site, StopThisTrain.org


PB&W Marker
Photo courtesy Marty Hager

PB&W Marker
Mile: Date: 2010
Ease: B View: E
Area: A- IC2:
Map: PG 9 H 7 Topographic Maps

Marty Hager spotted this Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington Railroad marker along the Pope's Creek Subdivision near Bowie. The marker dates to circa 1920. We're not sure what V.S. 6 stands for.


Approach Restricting
NEW! mid-Nov 2017

Approach Restricting
Mile: 1.1 Date: Nov 2017
Ease: A View: N
Area: A IC2:
Map: PG 9 J 10 Topographic Maps

What's a Pennsylvania RR signal doing along CSX trackage? As part of the division of Conrail assets, CSX wound up with the Pope's Creek Subdivision that was built by the B&P Railroad while it was controlled by the PA RR during the 1800s. CSX has left this Pennsy style signal in place. It's a one trick pony, displaying restricting all the time. It is easily seen from the Highbridge Road grade crossing near Bowie.


Stone Arch
NEW! mid-Nov 2017

Stone Arch
Mile: 1.2 Date: Nov 2017
Ease: A View: E
Area: A IC2:
Map: PG 9 J 10 Topographic Maps

Also easily seen from Highbridge Road a short distance south of the signal above is this fine stone arch bridge over Horsepen Branch built by the B&P during the 1870s.


Gallery Place

Gallery Place
Mile: Date: Jun 1999
Ease: B View: ?
Area: A IC2:
Map: DC 16 B 1 Topographic Maps

It's easy to find Washington Metro pictures online, so I'll include only a sampling. Many of the underground stations, like this one at Gallery Place, have high ceilings. Federal dollars can sure dig some big holes.


curve

Curve
Mile: Date: Sep 2017
Ease: B View: W
Area: C IC2:
Map: DC 17 C 1 Topographic Maps

An 8-car set of 7000-series DC Metro cars follows the Orange Line into Capitol downtown; Stadium-Armory is the next stop. That's RFK Stadium at distant left. Autumn colors are just beginning.

The three tall structures on the right are the Library of Congress, Capitol, and Washington Monument.


Orange Line

Orange Line
Mile: Date: May 1999
Ease: B View: W
Area: A IC2:
Map: NV 14 H 4 Topographic Maps

West of Washington, Orange Line Metro trains parallel I-66... next stop Vienna, Virginia. If you are wondering about the lack of SUVs, note the photo date.


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