Just beyond the cut is the shed that housed the Dinky engine, a GE 44
tonner like that shown at right. Though the same model, the engine shown
at right is not the particular one that operated on this line.
Reader Richard Lyons shared some memories:
"I lived in the Gaither and
Sykesville areas from 1972 to 1992, so the OML was a big part of my
initial fascination with trains. I have special memories of the
Springfield Hospital Spur. My mother was born (in 1943) and lived for
20+ years at the 4th(?) home on the right (east) side of the line after
it crosses Oklahoma Ave. I can remember as a toddler standing on the
backyard hillside at the track waiting for the 'Dinky' to stop, pick up
my mother and I, and taking a trip to Springfield and back.
Sadly, as of 2005 the Dinky was not in the shed, nor the adjacent bunker.
Leonard Easton remains curious about its livery:
"My grandparents were well known in town and worked as Nurses at
Springfield, and Mom apparently had friends who ran the train. I still
drive under the bridge and look up to see if the 'Dinky' is passing
over. Thank you for the memories. I've also recently heard a rumor that
the 'Dinky' is stored in the bunker stall just adjacent to Buttercup
Road. You can see the tracks going under the swinging doors."
"Steve, what was the color scheme on the Dinky train? I grew up in
Sykesville, ca. 1954-1963 and remember it being yellow and green, but can't
remember the color scheme. Seems that the major body color was yellow with
dark green accents, but time takes a toll on the old brain! Any help
Jeff Adams contributed his memories on the subject:
"I've lived in the Sykesville area since 1954 and I vividly remember the dinky.
As Randy Richardson said, it was a GE loco but unlike the ones depicted in his
note the dinky had side rods similar to a steam engine. Apparently not all axles
had motors. The loco's color was grey with Springfield State Hospital lettered
on both sides. The dinky was removed from service well before the line was closed
in 1972. The hospital coal was then delivered by the B&O directly. I know this
because the Sykesville ticket agent (G. Wilbur Boller) arranged for me to ride
it from the station in Sykesville to the hospital and back. This was around
1965~1967. The engine they used was an Alco switcher that was discovered to be
the culprit that had been starting numerous fire along the Old Main Line. The
railroad was then required to install a spark arrester on this particular loco.
The train was a local that made deliveries to other towns along the OML. Also, I
had Randy Richardson as a teacher at Sykesville High and again in my senior year
at South Carroll High."