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Station -- Hunt Valley

 
A couple of trains laying over at Hunt Valley



Station -- Pepper Road

 
A SB and NB train at Pepper Rd.



Station -- McCormick Road

   
SB train getting ready to cross McCormick Rd

     
NB train entering, at the McCormick stop, and leaving




Station -- Schilling Circle




Station -- Gilroy Road

     
 Left-a SB...and a NB train coming into and leaving the Gilroy station

           
Both NB signals for trains going into the single track have the green position blanked out, and the green put in the middle - and that seems like a lot of tilt to me since the signals are already above the operator's seat.

 


Station -- Warren Road

   
A couple of trains at Warren Rd: NB, and 3 SB's

 


at Beaver Dam Road

 


at Warren Road



at the Texas Landfill

 


at Industry Lane

 


along Beaver Dam Road

 

 


the "Quarry"

The "Texas Quarry" cannot be seen from the Light Rail, but it is still worth mentioning.  When we first moved into the area back in 1966, it was then owned by Harry T. Campbell.  Campbell's also owned a large tract of land over by Whitemarsh Mall, where the business' to the east of I-95 are now... someone made a bunch of money!  

Anyways, several things came out of this quarry that make it worth mentioning:

One - the marble used to build the Washington Monument in Washington DC came from here, and years ago when they fixed up the monument, they came back here for matching marble. 

Two - the white dust used on gum, I believe it is Calcium Carbonate, is mined from the hole,

Three - The marble used for the first stringers of the Baltimore & Susquehanna RR came from here, not much of a surprise since the quarry is "right here".

Back in the very early 70's, Campbell's had a family day, and I made sure I got there for a tour as my first wife's father was a dozer operator in the pit! :-)  Very cool hole!
 





at the Timonium Pocket Track by Lowe's and Sam's Club



     
At Pocket Track: SB coming thru (L); Turnaround entering pocket; and NB; SB leaving the pocket track area

   
At Pocket Track: Signals, looking south (L), and north

     
Close-ups of signals at the Pocket Track


at Padonia Road

   
At Padonia Rd:  NB, SB going around pocket track, SB back on main line

 

 


Station -- Timonium

       
At Timonium: NB train; SB signals, number plate; another NB train

       
SB signal on SB track, green and red; same signal with train going by
The signals will very rarely show yellow, as they go to red and stay there until the next train is ready to leave the station

 


Station -- Timonium Business Park


 


Station -- Lutherville
 

 


at the Timonium Road Crossing




in Lutherville and Seminary Avenue




under the Beltway and the Crossovers

 




 


at CM N525

 


the Joppa Road "Tunnels"

 




along Bellona Avenue

 


 


at Lake Roland and the Robert E. Lee Park

         


During late April and May 2015, I noticed that all the trains passing behind my house were on the SB track, so on Cinqo de Mayo day, I went for a ride down to the Falls Road station, and found that the MTA had closed off the NB (northbound) side because of the rock outcropping.  Dunno why (as of this day) they still had the NB side closed, but it obviously concerns "them".


Station -- Falls Road
 
         

Detail pictures from May 2015:

               


               


under Falls Road

 





Station -- Mt Washington

 


 

 


 
A SB train at Lutherville

   


















 

 


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If this is a railfan page, 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!!!  

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

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Created 05/09/2005
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