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Well, this page is a bonus with two maps because of Bailey's Wye.
The wye is important enough that I made a separate detail map, especially since it WAS filled with CPL's (they were replaced in 2014).
The B&O Transportation Museum is important, as it chronicles the first railroad of the United States. They have made an effort to make the museum as B&O as possible, even to the dismay of many of us because they got rid of a GG-1 and a South Shore Little Joe :-(. They have recovered quite well from the 2006 roof cave-in from a heavy snowfall, altho a lot of stuff that was on display is not anymore.
The B&O's main station is also here, Camden Station. The last time you could actually go into the station while it was a station was back in the 70's. At least it is still with us.
The southern portal of the Howard Street Tunnel is on this map, between Camden Station and Bailey's Wye. The tunnel was extended several hundred feet in the late 80's when the light rail system was built.
Last but not least as sights go, the Greyhound Bus terminal is just south of Bailey's Wye.
For signal fans, this map has the must see signal of Baltimore.... a FULL CPL signal, with all four aspects and all six marker lamps. This signal has not always been this way. It was changed somewhere around the 2007-2008 timeframe without notice from most of us, including myself. I drove by there in 2009, took a picture of it, and had not noticed it until seeing a picture of it on Wikipedia! At location 5, there is an almost full CPL, missing only the restrict aspect.... you can drive up to the signal IF you have a four wheel drive truck, as it is adjacent to a field used by the locals to dump trash in... not recommended for a car, but you can park a couple hundred feet away and walk to it without going on RR property. The signals in this area were replaced with color light signals in 2012 :-(
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you wanna steal something for use elsewhere, please just give me credit, TNX
If you need higher resolution pictures for something else, email me,
the ones posted here aren't useful for using in books or printing much larger than a 3x5, if that.
Pictures are always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! Contact info is here
The map above is in PDF format here
The map below is from approximately 1877, when they had a roundhouse in the middle of Baliley's Wye.
Back then, it was almost all street running, anyone have a time machine? :-)
the B&O Transportation Museum
Howard Street Tunnel
Greyhound Bus Terminal
ex WM Spring Garden Bridge
GPS Coordinates: 39.28505, -76.619918
The B&O Railroad Transportation Museum
GPS Coordinates: 39.28576, -76.631956
Howard Street Tunnel - Southern Portal
GPS Coordinates: 39.281072, -76.619283
Greyhound Bus Terminal
GPS Coordinates: 39.271085, -76.627246
Former WM Spring Garden Swing Bridge
This bridge used to take the Western Maryland Rwy into it's main Baltimore yard, Port Covington. After the WM was absorbed into the Chessie System, the yard was deemed unneeded, and was plowed up. The area is now an industrial and shopping area :-( It's one of three swing bridges in Baltimore.
The light rail going over Baileys Wye.
MARC turnaround leaving for DC around 6pm.
Coming into Baltimore from DC, passing under the CPL's at Ridgely St.
Shot from the wye, a freight is backing up into Riverside, and is approaching Leadenhall St.
A local freight with an SW at both ends coming out of Riverside on a nice sunny afternoon in July.
SB CSX freight, the signals just below at 1 are to my back. 2005
Not sure when these signals were modified, the right one from 2005 shows the signals before the change.
Looking south from this location, 2005.
Although the one below is not numbered on the
map above, it sits between location 1 and location 2.
Shown below as location 1
and it's signals
The Bailey's Wye area in downtown Baltimore is one of the more active railfan locations around. Almost everything CSX coming in or out of Baltimore goes through here. Exceptions are trains headed to the Curtiss Bay area coming from the south side, and trains in and out of the Canton/Penn-Mary area and heading north.
The Camden line MARC trains pass by here heading in and out of Camden Station, as well as heading over to Riverside for storage and service.
Parking is not an issue unless there is a game going on at one of the two stadiums, so check the Oriole and Ravens schedule before heading down here for pictures. The flaggers get pretty anal about letting people thru here at game time!
I'm going to use map coordinates for east, west, and north instead of the traditional B&O directions for EB and WB, so signals 1 and 2 are on the west side, 5 and 6 are on the north side, and 7 and 8 are on the east side of the wye.
Pictures taken by Michael Watnoski are so noted.
EB Wye approach at Ridgely St, west of the wye
A signal bridge with three CPL's, for EB traffic headed to
Riverside (right signal), Camden (left signal), or through the tunnel (middle
Additional photos can be found on my CPL page here.
All of the multiple heads are marked with the lens colors from top (L) to bottom (R).
Don't let the blue wires above fool you, it is not eithernet cable,
It is a special wire, looks to be about 12 gauge, instead of the aught size stuff used by the B&O.
Best time for detail shots, while it's still on the ground.
These pictures are from Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013.
Shot from the far side of Warner Street at the Wye.
WB MARC control at Ridgely St, west side of the wye
These two dwarf CPL's are probably the favorite of most signal fans, and are easy to access being right off Warner St. They control movements out of Camden Station heading west (or south if you prefer) to DC.
These pictures are from Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013.
WB Riverside control along Stockholm St, south leg of the wye
A high CPL controlling movements out of Riverside for trains wishing to head west towards DC.
Looking towards the signal from Warner Street.
A passing Light Rail train, and the view from here looking towards Riverside.
EB/NB CSX traffic into the tunnel, north side of the wye, west leg
A high CPL for EB traffic heading towards Philly.
WB CSX traffic, on north side of the wye
Seems like an odd place to place a high signal, after the split on the northside of the wye... for WB trains headed towards DC after coming out of the Howard St Tunnel.
EB Riverside control on the north side of the wye
A CPL dwarf on the east leg of the wye, for EB movements coming out of Riverside and heading east to Wilmingtom and Philadelphia joining up with the main line. Snapped off a DC bound MARC train while there.
EB Riverside control along Stockholm St, east side of the wye
These two CPL dwarfs control movements from the wye converging into the single track leading to Riverside.
A high and dwarf CPL controlling movements into the single track leading to the wye, for trains coming out of Riverside.
MW MW MW MW MW
Grade crossing protection at Leadenhall St, one of the older installations around.
Shot from Leadenhall St, a local makes its way back to Riverside as a mainline freight heads towards the Howard St Tunnel to head north, er, east :-)
Darn car :-(
Time has run out for these CPL's at Bailey's wye, as they were
supposed to be deactivated over the President's day weekend......
These pictures were taken Thursday night, 27FEB2014.
I normally go home from work going around the Baltimore Beltway from roughly the BWI Airport area, to Towson,
Being the end of rush hour, the Beltway was backed up (as usual :-), so I went thru town to get home.
Since I pass close to here when doing so, I decided to check on the changeover.
I wasn't really prepared to take pictures, as I didn't have a tripod, so these are all handheld against things like light poles and RR ties (and its 24 degrees out!)
Caught a MARC train heading into Riverside.
Historical USGS Maps
These maps come from the University of Texas Library at: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/topo/maryland/
Baltimore Quadrangle, 1898.
Baltimore quadrangle, 1902.
We can now see the Western Maryland coming into town, going to Port Covington.
A lot of growth has taken place in four years!
Bonus picture, captured this on the way home after stopping at Baileys :-)
You can still find some of these fellas around, altho they are fast disappearing too!
Disclaimers: Every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while, an error may creep in, especially if restaurants or gas stations open, close, or change names. Most of my maps are a result of personal observation after visiting these locations. I have always felt that a picture is worth a thousand words", and I feel annotated maps such as the ones I work up do the same justice for the railfan over a simple text description of the area. Since the main focus of my website is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. Since most of us railheads don't have just trains as a hobby, I have also tried to point out where other interesting sites of the area are.... things like fire stations, neat bridges, or other significant historical or geographical feature. While some may feel they shouldn't be included, these other things tend to make MY trips a lot more interesting.... stuff like where the C&O Canal has a bridge going over a river (the Monocacy Aqueduct) between Point of Rocks and Gaithersburg MD, it's way cool to realize this bridge to support a water "road" over a river was built in the 1830's!!! Beware: ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.
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Last Modified: 24-Jan-2017