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B&O Washington Branch Photo Tour

B&O Washington Branch
Modern day photo tour

Accompanying each photo below are:

Click a photo to see a larger view. Please send your comments and corrections to Steve.


SRS 121
Photo courtesy William Thurston Collection

SRS 121
Mile: 9.0 Date: 1939
Ease: A View: N
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ba 41 H 12 Topographic Maps
SRS 121 (a 1930-built Brill Model 55 self-powered car, sometimes called a doodlebug) checks the Washington Branch track in the shadow of the B&O's Viaduct Hotel in Relay. Today many railroads still employ the Sperry company to examine and fine-tune their trackage.

As you might guess, Sperry no longer uses this car, but you may be surprised to learn it survives, and has been restored for tourist operation under the name The Delaware Turtle.

Links: 1930s, Sperry Roster, Ride the Delaware Turtle, Sperry's web site


CSX 557

CSX 557
Mile: 10.8 Date: Oct 2004
Ease: A View: SW
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 J 9 Topographic Maps

Oh, the engineers used to see him sitting in the shade,
Strumming to the rhythm that the drivers made.


CSX 8777

CSX 8777
Mile: 13.2 Date: Feb 2000
Ease: B View: N
Area: B IC2:
Map: AA 1 B 12, Ho 17 D 12 Topographic Maps

I'm pickin' up good vibrations


CSX 666

CSX 666
Mile: 14.5 Date: May 2002
Ease: B+ View: SE
Area: B IC2:
Map: AA 5 K 1, Ho 20 E 12 Topographic Maps

Please allow me to introduce myself...


CSX 682

CSX 682
Mile: 15.8 Date: Sep 2000
Ease: B View: NE
Area: C+ IC2:
Map: AA 5 G 4, Ho 20 K 5 Topographic Maps

Excuse me while I kiss the sky


CSX 647

CSX 647
Mile: 15.8 Date: Sep 2003
Ease: A View: SW
Area: B+ IC2:
Map: AA 5 G 4, Ho 20 K 5 Topographic Maps

So come on Virginia, show me a sign,
Send up a signal, I'll throw you a line


Dover Harbor

Dover Harbor
Mile: 16.3 Date: Mar 2003
Ease: A View: E
Area: B+ IC2:
Map: Ho 20 F 5 Topographic Maps

Sitting on the dock of the bay...


CSX 2299

CSX 2299
Mile: 16.8 Date: Apr 2002
Ease: B View: NE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 20 H 7 Topographic Maps

C'mon baby, do the Loco-motion


CEFX 3169 and CSX 8804

CEFX 3169 and CSX 8804
Mile: 16.8 Date: Nov 2003
Ease: A View: NE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 20 H 7 Topographic Maps

'Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run...


CSXT 9467

CSXT 9467
Mile: 16.8 Date: Jun 2004
Ease: A View: SE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 20 H 7 Topographic Maps

Yes I'm back in black


FURX 3042

FURX 3042
Mile: 16.8 Date: 2002
Ease: B View: E
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 20 H 7 Topographic Maps

Can you tell a green field
From a cold steel rail?


TRI 9611

TRI 9611
Mile: 16.8 Date: Mar 2005
Ease: B View: NE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 20 H 7 Topographic Maps

Help me if you can, I'm feeling down


Solid Gold

Solid Gold
Mile: 16.8 Date: Jun 2001
Ease: B View: NW
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 20 H 7 Topographic Maps

It's better to burn out than it is to rust


UP 4805

UP 4805
Mile: 16.8 Date: Oct 2005
Ease: B View: NE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 20 H 7 Topographic Maps

Some folks are born made to wave the flag


Alco 2
Photo by ???

Alco 2
Mile: 17.9 Date: ~1980?
Ease: A View: SE
Area: B IC2:
Map: AA 5 E 9, Ho 20 H 9 Topographic Maps

Before Vulcan Minerals and Tarmac, the aggregates facility at Annapolis Junction was operated by Whimpey Minerals who had this switcher. Found this picture online many years ago, and failed to note the photographer. If you identify yourself, I'll be happy to post a credit (or remove the pic if you prefer).


HLCX 6062

HLCX 6062
Mile: 17.9 Date: Oct 2003
Ease: A View: E
Area: B IC2:
Map: AA 5 E 9, Ho 20 H 9 Topographic Maps

Talkin' 'bout my generation


MARC 7748

MARC 7748
Mile: 18.1 Date: Jun 2004
Ease: A View: NE
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ho 20 G 10, AA 5 E 9 Topographic Maps

Catch a Cannonball, now, to take me down the line


CSX 8769

CSX 8769
Mile: 21.3 Date: 2000
Ease: A View: NE
Area: A IC2:
Map: PG 4 J 3, Ho 19 K 13 Topographic Maps

Casey Jones, you better watch your speed


CSX 8752
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

CSX 8752
Mile: 23.8 Date: Feb 2008
Ease: B View: N
Area: A IC2:
Map: PG 4 E 8 Topographic Maps

But she was blinded by the light...


CSX 5911
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

CSX 5911
Mile: 25.0 Date: Oct 2007
Ease: B View: NE
Area: A IC2:
Map: PG 4 B 10 Topographic Maps

Roll, roll me away, won't you roll me away tonight


CSX 5418
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

CSX 5418
Mile: 27.2 Date: Mar 2008
Ease: B+ View: S
Area: B+ IC2:
Map: PG 7 J 2 Topographic Maps

Like a bridge over troubled water


Metro

Metro
Mile: 29.0 Date: Dec 2003
Ease: B+ View: N
Area: B IC2:
Map: PG 7 H 7 Topographic Maps

...and she's buying a stairway to heaven


MARC 68

MARC 68
Mile: 32.8 Date: Apr 2004
Ease: B+ View: S
Area: C IC2:
Map: PG 12 E 3 Topographic Maps

With the lights out, it's less dangerous


From JD Tower
Photo by Warren Olt

From JD Tower
Mile: 33.0 Date: 1940
Ease: View: N
Area: IC2:
Map: PG 12 D 4 Topographic Maps

I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord


CPL Last Stand

CPL Last Stand
Mile: 33.6 Date: Apr 2004
Ease: A View: SW
Area: B IC2:
Map: PG 12 C 5 Topographic Maps

Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't before


Amtrak 941

Amtrak 941
Mile: 38.8 Date: Jun 1999
Ease: B View: S
Area: A IC2:
Map: DC Dwn 9 A, PG 17 D 1 Topographic Maps

Well, if they freed me from this prison, if that railroad train was mine
Bet I'd move on over a little farther down the line
Far from Folsom Prison, that's where I want to stay
And I'd let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away



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