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Old Main Line Photo Tour

B&O Old Main Line
Modern day photo tour

Accompanying each photo below are:

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Claremont Yard

Claremont Yard
Mile: 1.6 Date: Jan 2001
Ease: C View: S
Area: C IC2:
Map: Ba 42 F 3 Topographic Maps
if you fuel it, they will come... CSX 731 and CSX 102

Restore Me

Restore Me
Mile: 2.1 Date: Feb 2001
Ease: A View: NW
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 42 F 4 Topographic Maps

Mama always said railfanning was like a box of chocolates: you never know what you're gonna get. (B&O Museum equipment seeking restoration, but later sold to Bennett Levin.)


Trio

Trio
Mile: 2.9 Date: Dec 2003
Ease: B View: NW
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 42 F 6 Topographic Maps

it's the clash of the liveries in West Baltimore (CSX 7891, UP 2805 and HLCX 7187)


Lansdowne

Lansdowne
Mile: 4.0 Date: Dec 2003
Ease: B+ View: SE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 42 D 86 Topographic Maps

CR 8722, CR 3135 and CSX 7869 love the smell of creosote in the morning


Halethorpe

Halethorpe
Mile: 5.8 Date: Feb 2000
Ease: B View: NE
Area: C+ IC2:
Map: Ba 42 A 11 Topographic Maps

"I see dead CPLs."


Lafayette
Photo courtesy Jackson McDaniel collection

Lafayette
Mile: 5.6? Date: 1927
Ease: B+ View: NW?
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 42 E 6 Topographic Maps

location uncertain, probably at the B&O's Fair of the Iron Horse


B&O 5302
Photo courtesy Herb Harwood collection

B&O 5302
Mile: 5.7? Date: 1941
Ease: B+ View: NE?
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 42 E 6 Topographic Maps

steam trains know how to whistle... location uncertain, probably near HX tower in Halethorpe


Conrail 8743

Conrail 8743
Mile: 6.8 Date: Apr 2001
Ease: A View: E
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 41 J 12 Topographic Maps

Jesus. What a mind-job.


Containers

Containers
Mile: 6.8 Date: Oct 2002
Ease: A View: W
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 41 J 12 Topographic Maps

"I have always depended on the kindness of flatcars." -United Parcel Service UPOZ-845211 at St. Denis


St. Denis

St. Denis
Mile: 6.8 Date: Oct 2000
Ease: A View: W
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 41 J 12 Topographic Maps

CSX 7383 is ready for its closeup


Conrail 7379

Conrail 7379
Mile: 7.1 Date: 2000
Ease: A View: E
Area: B+ IC2:
Map: Ba 41 H 12 Topographic Maps

That's funny, that train's dustin' crops where there ain't no crops.

Link to older picture: 1981


B&O 50
Photo courtesy William Thurston Collection

B&O 50
Mile: 7.2 Date: ~1939
Ease: B View: NE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ba 41 H 12, Ho 17 J 5 Topographic Maps

B&O 50 Royal Blue at the Viaduct Hotel (the OML curves along the other side of the hotel)


Avalon Siding

Avalon Siding
Mile: 8.0 Date: Oct 1999
Ease: B View: E
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ba 41 F 11 Topographic Maps

you're forgetting one thing: if CSX 7 fails to report, CSX 8 replaces it


B&O 4466
Photo courtesy Herb Harwood collection

B&O 4466
Mile: 10.x? Date: 1941
Ease: C+ View: E?
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ba 41 A 8 Topographic Maps

the location where T.H. Arnold photographed this 2-8-2 locomotive is uncertain, perhaps near Buzzard's Rock


Ellicott City

Ellicott City
Mile: 12.8 Date: Oct 1999
Ease: A View: S
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ho 12 G 9 Topographic Maps

blazing westbound, fortunately CSX 249 is hauling a load of dimes


Track Dresser
Photo courtesy Gene Leache

Track Dresser
Mile: 13.4 Date: Apr 2005
Ease: B View: NE
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ho 12 G 9 Topographic Maps

a king-sized, yellow scorpion kicks up dust across the river from Oella


CSX 97

CSX 97
Mile: 13.5 Date: Mar 2000
Ease: B View: NE
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ho 12 H 8 Topographic Maps

speed, for lack of a better word, is good


Snowy

Snowy
Mile: 16.0 Date: Jan 2000
Ease: B View: SE
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ho 12 G 3 Topographic Maps

CSX 736, CSX 8424, CSX 8442 plus one more locomotive play in the snow


Dorsey Tunnel

Dorsey Tunnel
Mile: 19.0 Date: Dec 1999
Ease: D+ View: W
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ba 31 K 8 Topographic Maps

this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship for CSX 7559 and UP 6763


Sykesville Tunnel Approach

Sykesville Tunnel Approach
Mile: 29.2 Date: Mar 2003
Ease: C View: W
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ca 34 K 4, Ho 4 K 5 Topographic Maps

"Open the tunnel doors please, HAL."


CSX 441

CSX 441
Mile: 39.0 Date: Oct 2004
Ease: C View: W
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ca 32 E 4, Ho 2 E 5 Topographic Maps

"I'm draggin' here. I'm draggin' here!"


Mt. Airy

Mt. Airy
Mile: 40.7 Date: Apr 2005
Ease: B+ View: NE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Fr 42 A 2, Ho 1 K 5 Topographic Maps

RTC 9801 says hello to his little friend


csx 8633

CSX 8633
Mile: 50.6 Date: Oct 2008
Ease: B View: E
Area: A IC2:
Map: Fr 39 F 2 Topographic Maps

CSX 8633 is gonna need a bigger consist at Hartman Tunnel


CSX 207
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

CSX 207
Mile: 54.2 Date: May 2007
Ease: B+ View: SW
Area: A IC2:
Map: Fr 38 J 1 Topographic Maps

"Bridges? We don't need no stinkin' bridges." (MD 355, Urbana Pike)


Buckeystown Pike
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Buckeystown Pike
Mile: 56.4 Date: May 2007
Ease: A View: NE
Area: A IC2:
Map: Fr 38 D 4 Topographic Maps

CSX 8505 goes ahead and makes a railfan's day


Point of Rocks Tunnel
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Point of Rocks Tunnel
Mile: 69.3 Date: May 2007
Ease: B View: SE
Area: A IC2:
Map: Fr 43 F 5 Topographic Maps

The life of everyone on board CSX 5490 depends upon just one thing: finding someone back there who can not only drive this train, but who didn't have fish for dinner.


Brunswick Yard
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Brunswick Yard
Mile: 75.0 Date: Sep 2007
Ease: B View: NW
Area: B IC2:
Map: Fr 35 E 11 Topographic Maps

an iron remuda awaits riders (CSX 2677, CSX 8098 and CSX 211)


CSX 8066
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

CSX 8066
Mile: 81.5 Date: Oct 2007
Ease: B+ View: E
Area: A IC2:
Map: (Wa 36 F 11) Topographic Maps

emerging from Harpers Ferry Tunnel, and crossing the Potomac River, CSX 8066 has a feeling it's not in Maryland anymore



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