The B&O main line, now CSX Old Main Line, crosses in the foreground, with
wye trackage peeling off to the right (north) for the Frederick Branch.
Because this was a significant switching location, the B&O put a
station here, and called it Frederick Junction. There was not
-and still is not- significant population or industry in the
immediate vicinity, so I doubt the station was ever very busy.
However, for a few years there was other substantial action in this
area. The American Civil War's
Battle of Monocacy
raged here in 1864, and the B&O's bridge over the nearby Monocacy River
was destroyed and rebuilt several times during that war. This
location was also known as Monocacy Junction.
This photo looks across the Y made between the OML and branch. The
Frederick Junction Station sat within the Y near the lonely
utility pole at photo center.
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