Todd's Railfan Guide to
including Jessup and Savage


In General


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In General

Although not a spectacular railfan area, it does offer a few noteworthy items worth investigating and stopping by for a visit.

Probably the most notable is the 160ft long B&O Bollman Truss Bridge built in 1869.  It's the only one of this design left. 

There are three MARC Stations on this map, Dorsey, Jessup, and Savage.  Of the three, only Dorsey has a real station, having been built maybe ten years ago, and has it's own exit off RT 100.  The exit is the only way to get into the parking lot, so don't try to look for an entrance off of the surrounding roads. 

Off RT 32 are a couple of businesses with older first and second generation diesels as shown on the map.

It doesn't see any traffic these days, but there is a small bridge back off RT 100 and the BW Pkwy.  Update summer 2013:  The Dorsey Branch is being dismantled and CSX is having everything torn up!

For the signal fan, this area was predominated by CPL signals, but as of the summer of 2012, they have all been replaced by color light signals :-(  There were a bunch that are easy to photograph on the south (or west) side of the station platforms at Jessup and Dorsey, and the north end of Savage.  The signal locations are still the same, just not as nice to frame up with a train.

Reminder:  following the B&O tradition, all directions on the B&O are either eastbound or westbound, at least here in the Baltimore area.  So, here on this map, a westbound freight is going south from Philly to DC, and an eastbound freight is actually going north.

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.

Aerial shots were taken from www.bing.com/maps. The snap-shots from Bing are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

My RSUS 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.

As always, if you have something to add or correct, my email is here


The above map is available here as a PDF

MARC's Camden Line Schedule


     1         MARC's Dorsey Station

Maps from www.maps.live.com

The Dorsey station, looking south.  Look hard and you can just see the CPL's off the end of the platforms.  These signals are for the crossovers just south of here.


NB 7:24  #840

SB 7:40 #849

NB 7:49 #842

SB Freight around 8am, on the last pix on the right, you can see the NB signals, new and old

The above set was taken on March 17th, 2005, pretty early in the morn.

     2         MARC's Jessup Station


The maps.live.com map and the Jessup station.

Wider view of the Jessup station - you only have two levels of magnification in the "birds eye view" mode.

     3         MARC's Savage Station

Two views of the Savage station.

     4         MARC's Laurel Station

     4a         MARC's Laurel Racetrack Station

This station is about as simple as you can get, and is only used when the track is open.

     5         ex B&O Guilford Bridge

This bridge was "saved" maybe back in 2006 or so when the county decided to use it as part of a hikey-bikey trail, otherwise, it would have just rusted away... When I first saw it maybe 30 years ago, you had a hard time finding it amongst the trees, weeds, and vines!

More info can be found here at Steve's excellent historical site: http://www.trainweb.org/oldmainline/wasspur2.htm , the two pictures come from his website.

     6         ex B&O Bollman Truss Bridge

Around 2000, or so, the county did an excellent job restoring the bridge - including new planking so you can walk across it.  It sits adjacent to the Savage Mill, an eclectic collection of shops.  More info on the bridge can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bollman_Truss_Railroad_Bridge.

The bridge was built for an unknown location on the main line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1852, and was moved to its present location, spanning the Little Patuxent River on the spur to the Savage Mill, in 1887.  This spur line dates to around 1840 and originally crossed the river on a stone arch bridge; however, due to alterations to the mill in the 1880s and topographical restrictions, a replacement bridge was needed.  The bridge remained in service until the mill closed in 1947

     7         Whimpey Minerals


     8         Waste Management


The engines at Waste Management, the lead into the yard, and their storage track in the yard.

     9         CSX Jessup Yard

Small CSX MOW yard at the north end of the yard.

The north throat of the yard.

The main reason for the Jessup yard is auto unloading.

The wye on the north side of the yard.  Aren't we lucky with engines in most of these shots!

     10         ex B&O Bridge

The bridge over Race Rd.


     1         NB/SB Signals just north of Dorsey Station

See the aerial shot of Dorsey Station for their locations.


     2         SB Signals at Dorsey Station and the north end of the crossover

One of the easiest set of signals to get pictures of in the Baltimore area!  When I was here in late July 2011, they were getting ready to replace the CPL's, and the signal on "left/NB" track was out of service, never lighting up as trains approached.

The bottom set of pictures is from March 17th, 2005, way before the changeover started.




     3         NB Signals at the south end of the Dorsey crossover


     4         SB Signals at the Jessup Station / just north of 175 and at the north end of crossovers

     5         NB Signals south of 175 and at the south end of crossovers

     6         SB Signals at Waste Management / just north of Guilford Rd

     7         NB Signals south of 32 and north of the Savage Station

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