Todd's Railfan Guide to

the East side of Baltimore:
Highlandtown and Canton

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The map below shows part of the eastern side of Baltimore.  This map shows you the two Bayview yards, one for CSX and one for the Norfolk Southern in addition to CSX's Penn-Mary yard and Norfolk Southern's Canton yard.  The Bayview yards are covered on Map11.

We also look at the numerous bridges the area has to offer, some historic things in the Highlandtown area and a few signal installations.  There is no Light Rail or Metro on this map, but we have the state run Canton RR to offer you.

The face of Canton (and Riverside on the other side of the port) changed drastically when I-95 came through and built the Fort McHenry tunnel.  Lots of land was needed for the toll plaza on the Canton side, and what was once a huge operation for the Canton RR, became a single engine affair for a number of years as a lot of their customers went away.

There's not much in the way of signals in the area, CSX has a few, and the Canton has a few here and there along their line, but I don't know why since only one train ever goes out at any time these days.

Note: even though the B&O's tracks went north and south, the B&O referred to the directions as East (north) and West (south).  I use the north and south terms mostly, only because it is easier to reference to the maps.

Thanks to G. Kolman for his help with this section of the guide!

Most, if not all of the aerial pictures are from: http://www.bing.com/maps/, and the shots were taken with Techsmith's Snag-It

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The above map in PDF format is here

The map below, made for another page, has one mistake I need to correct - the B&O tracks into Canton should be pointing to the tracks to the right of the 3 buildings to the right of the Pennsy tracks.  The diamond labeled in blue is where the semaphores shown below used to be located.  The diamond labeled another B&O/PRR diamond, is sight number 4 below.



    1      Norfolk Southern's Canton Yard

    2      CSX's Penn-Mary Yard

    3      Canton Railroad's Headquarters Building


    4      Diamond

For pictures of the signals here, please check out this page.

    5      Seagirt Terminal

    6      Docks

Up until the late 90's there used to be a grain silo with train service.  The dotted green line shows where the tracks used to be.

    7      The MTA's Eastern Bus Shops.

Conveniently located off of Eastern Avenue on the fringe of Greektown, this is one of four MTA bus yards.  Busses from here will have a small "E" with the number.  If you like Greek food, there are many places along Eastern Ave between here and the "underpass" in Highlandtown.

    8      Old Streetcar Barn

This is what remains of the old streetcar barn on the corner of Eastern and Haven.

    9      Old Manhole Cover

A manhole cover left over from the bygone days of the United Railway & Electric Company, who had an extensive streetcar network around Baltimore in the early days of the 1900's.  A map of the UR&E system is below from 1900, and if you notice, the city limits are not quite as far out as they are today.

    10      The B&O/Pennsy (CSX/NS) Interchange track.

This track comes off the CSX just after crossing "the first bridge" out of Bayview.  I don't know how much it is currently being used, as Michael points out, it was put in to allow CSX coal trains access to Consolidated Coal, located at the water front in Canton.  The NS end winds up coming in at the south end of the small intermodal yard.

    11      The Pennsy's branch into Highlandtown.


The left picture is a close-up of the former Pennsy tracks into the Eskay plant, and the right picture shows both of the branches.  Below is where the


        Semaphore Leftovers

The pictures of the semaphores are from 1972 or thereabouts.  The B&O used to cross the Pennsy here, to service docks where the B&O would unload passenger trains to meet boats.  Not sure when the crossover was removed.... maybe the late 70's?  The mast for the signal in the right picture still remains till today, covered by vines during the summer which makes it difficult to find.  Wish I had taken more pictures! :-(

In the left thumbnail below, where the tracks curve off to the left, the old B&O tracks would have gone straight.  In the right thumbnail, you can just barely make out the old semaphore mast covered in vines, making it impossible to see when they get green.



        Dwarf Colorlight Signals


        B&O Dwarf CPL's


Like the maps of Toledo, this area has a large assortment of bridges used to separate train traffic from the streets.


     BR1    Where the Pennsy's shortcut to Canton comes off the mainline, aka, Canton Junction.


     BR2    N


     BR3    Abandoned PRR Canton branch going over Eastern Avenue


     BR4    First of two truss bridges on the B&O out of Bayview.


A close-up view of the CSX going over Amtrak's NEC, the first of two trestle's a freight going from Bayview Yard to Penn Mary yard will go over.

     BR5    Second of two B&O truss bridges on the way to Penn Mary, going over the Pennsy.


     BR6    Bridges over Eastern Avenue


     BR7    Bridges over Eastern Avenue


     BR8    N


     BR9    N


     BR10    N


     BR11    N


     BR12    N


     BR13    ex B&O bridges into Highlandtown

Coming off the B&O line into Penn Mary yard, was a line going into Highlandtown.  The abandoned bridge on the left goes over an abandoned line coming off the Pennsy main line that paralleled Haven Street, joining up with the current Pennsy/NS tracks under Orleans Street, and then wound up going up Boston Street towards the downtown area.

The end of the short B&O branch into Highlandtown, notice the curved building built to accommodate the tracks crossing Baltimore Street to the old Esskay Meat processing plant. 

Fire Companies

       Baltimore City Fire Department - Old Engine 50 Fire House


   2     Baltimore City Fire Department - Engine 50

Located at the corner of Broening Highway and Danville Ave

   3     Baltimore City Fire Department - Truck 20    

Located at Eastern Ave and Anglesea St


   4     Baltimore City Fire Department - Engine 41

Located on South Conkling Street in Highlandtown, between Fleet Street and Eastern Aveneue

   5     Baltimore City Fire Department - Engine 51

Located on the corner of East Monument Street and North Highland Avenue


U.S. Naval Hospital Ship COMFORT


A pretty good spot for catching freights coming out of either of the Bayview Yards is Lombard St, seen in the Highlandtown insert.  Lombard Street goes over the NS and under CSX.



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