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Old Main Line Photo Tour

B&O Old Main Line
Modern day photo tour

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Sykesville Tunnel - Brief Historical Background:

Pre-Tunnel

Pre-Tunnel
Mile: 29.3 Date: Jan 2000
Ease: C View: NW
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ca 34 J 4, Ho 4 J 5 Topographic Maps

The namesake tunnel is about a half mile west of Sykesville. The center of this photo shows the original route cut through a hillside in order to stay on the north (right) side of the river.

The current route on the left, which dates to 1903, crosses the river back into Howard County, runs through the short tunnel, and immediately crosses the river again. This must have been a troublesome section for the B&O to have justified the cost of all these structures.


Bypassed Culvert
NEW! Mar 2007

Bypassed Culvert
Mile: 29.4 Date: Jan 2000
Ease: C View: NW
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ca 34 J 4, Ho 4 J 5 Topographic Maps

In the distance, from the bridge east of the tunnel, upstream you can see an original, now disused culvert. This one is unique in that it is accompanied by an extensive retaining wall. Perhaps the B&O was fighting a losing battle vs. river generated erosion here, and finally gave up and built the tunnel.


Zoom Culvert

Zoom Culvert
Mile: 29.4 Date: Jan 2000
Ease: C View: NW
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ca 34 J 4, Ho 4 J 5 Topographic Maps

Zoomed in for a better view.


Reverse
NEW! Mar 2007

Reverse
Mile: 29.5 Date: Jan 2000
Ease: C View: SE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ca 34 J 4, Ho 4 J 5 Topographic Maps

It's a snowy river scene when looking back from atop the culvert.


With Bypassed Route

With Bypassed Route
Mile: 29.7 Date: Jan 2000
Ease: B View: E
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ca 34 H 4, Ho 4 H 5 Topographic Maps

From the other (west) side of the tunnel, on the left the snow highlights the original right of way.



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