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Aberdeen MD is one of the few spots in Maryland where you will find a station on both of the railroads that go through town. Both tracks offer pretty good sight lines for photographing, especially on the CSX where the tracks are straight. Over on the corridor, if you have a telephoto lens, shooting northward you can get a NB signal bridge in the shot for southbound trains.
If you're looking for a place to eat, sleep, or get gas, there are oodles of them to the east of the I-95 interchange, and more over on Rt 40.
Aberdeen is also part of a trip I took back in 2007 with Michael Watnoski tracking down the remaining CPL signals and is here
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them. For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
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
Driving into Aberdeen via Pulaski Highway, aka, US Route 40, is the most direct route, but is slower than taking I-95 if coming from afar. Doing the Rt 40 thing tho allows you to also stop at other places such as Havre de Grace and Perryville to the north, or follow the NEC and CSX to the south. Closer to Baltimore, the ex B&O tracks run pretty close to the highway.
If coming in via the interstate I-95, get off at exit 85. If you are getting off in the NB direction, you can take the ramp directly onto West Bel Air Ave, which takes you to both of the stations in town. If taking the SB exit, you'll have to take a left at the end of the ramp onto MD22, the Aberdeen Throughway. Shortly after passing the remainder of the exit ramps after going over I-95, you can bear off to the right onto NE Rd, which will take you to W. Bel Air Rd, where you will take a left.
The above map is available here as a PDF. The one below is from Google maps.
1 MARC / Amtrak Aberdeen Station
2 ex B&O Aberdeen Depot
The station is a Frank Furness design, and was built in 1885. It was last used in 1955?
The aerial shots also show where the small Aberdeen yard used to be.
The town is trying to raise money to both buy the old yard property from CSX and move the depot away from the tracks.
The crossing gate is adjacent to the station location.
For more info check these resources:
1 NB Amtrak PCL Signals
This is the first set of NB signals north of the Aberdeen MARC station.
2 NB & SB CSX CPL Signals
The easiest way to get pictures of these fellows is to park in the lot for the "club" on Rogers St, and walk the short distance up the track.
The main fire station and police headquarters are located on the same piece of property surrounded by Parke St, Franklin St, and Rogers St.
Disclaimer: 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, 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!!!
Last Modified 29-Dec-2013