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The removal of the Patapsco River's Bloede Dam downstream of Ilchester, Maryland has long been planned. The photos below capture the effort during May 2018 shortly prior to dam removal while an adjacent sewer line is relocated on the Baltimore County side of the river. A one-quarter-mile stretch of the B&O's historic early railroad engineering work in two forms of 19th century stone track has been destroyed by these efforts and lost.
Paving the way for this project was the building of the Grist Mill Trail atop the B&O's original Old Main Line alignment. In legal action, owner CSX ceded the disused B&O route to the state of Maryland ostensibly for the trail. Once the state owned the route it soon began the process of relocating the sewer line there. The Grist Mill Trail is scheduled to be restored during 2019.
Many readers emailed seeking info and photos of the project. All (de)construction photos below were snapped during May and June 2018.
Patterson Viaduct (upstream limit of work)
Cleanup of May 27, 2018 flood of Ellicott City and Patapsco River basin
Various stones, some B&O stringers, some circa 1830 track blocks
Then (2008) / Now (2018), excavations are deeper than original B&O track and Grist Mill Trail
Nearing dam from upstream, dam not yet removed
Downstream of dam, looking upstream
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