On the left multilane MD 32, built in the 1980s, sits adjacent the site of
the Fort Meade disused rail yard. On the right, Fort Meade's non-iron
horse stables endured until about 2009.
Reader Dave Witty wrote to say:
"I really enjoy your website! I wanted to clear up the question
though, of where the Annapolis and Elkridge ROW goes through Fort
Meade. Multi-lane MD 32 was not built on top of the right of way east
of the MD 198 interchange. The A&ERR actually goes through the
Army Base itself. The BG&E poles mark 90% of the ROW through the
base and are visible from the highway (32) although you should pay
attention to the traffic instead of looking towards the base (like I do).
Some of the pole line has been relocated east of the 198 interchange. If
you take the exit ramp from westbound 32 to 198 you will see a 'cut'
on the left side as the ramp parts ways with 32. Along the way through
the base the ROW passes a building that looks like a railroad station. I
do not know anything about the building except that it sits in the
vicinity of the old Admiral Station of the WB&A. Who knows, maybe it
IS the Admiral Station?"
Reader Tim Moriarty gives a first-hand account:
"After completing a three-year Army enlistment in January 1978, I joined the
Army Reserve and started coming out to Fort Meade in April of that year.
Having originally enlisted as one of the last active duty Army railroaders,
I naturally took an interest in the railway on post. I remember it was in
poor shape, and on the east side of the post, near the connection with the
NEC at Odenton, there was a US Army GE 80-ton centercab locomotive as well
as a boxcar and a flatcar, also Army-owned. I continued to come to Fort
Meade for monthly drills until the summer of 1980, when I transferred to
AFROTC. Two years later I got commissioned in the Air Force and left the
area, and by 1984 I was back in Germany. After returning to the States, I
came out to Fort Meade in September 1990 to visit my old USAR unit, which
was about to be inactivated. I noticed that the tracks were then mostly
torn up, but some rails are still in place in selected locations. (A
couple of years ago an employee in what used to be the post's railway
station said a Reserve engineer company came in during its two-week summer
training and pulled up the rails some years ago. It appears they didn't
finish the job within two weeks and the post hasn't bothered to finish it
"I have a partial copy of the Fort Meade newspaper article from July 25,
1974 that covers the post railway. The part I have indicates the three
rail employees had been there since the Korean War. I'm trying to get a
complete copy of the article from the post's public affairs office.
When I do, I'll be sure to send a copy
of the article to you for possible use on your website. I'd also like to
find a subsequent article indicating when the line was closed. I know the
switcher was later moved to McAlester Army Ammunition Plant, OK, but the
boxcar and flatcar were probably scrapped in place."
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