Todd's Railfan Guide to

In General



Aberdeen MD      Havre de Grace      Perryville MD
These three towns are very close to each other, and therefore, grouped as such

In General

I'm in the process of splitting up the Perryville page to cover the Havre de Grace things by themselves on their own page..... More coming, stay tuned.......

The NE Corridor squeezes down from four tracks to two in order to cross the Susquehanna River between Perryville and Havre de Grace on both sides of the river.  Great shots of traffic over the bridge can be had from both shores of the river.

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 either Google Maps or www.bing.com/maps as noted, once in a great while maybe MapQuest.  The screen captures 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.

Pictures and additional information is 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


Preliminary Map


   1     CSX (ex B&O) Susquehanna River Bridge, Bridge #34

The current bridge was built in 1908 by the Baltimore & Philadelphia RR, replacing a single track timber bridge.  However, a train derailment wiped out one span, and they had to detour trains over the "PRR" till 1910.  The new bridge was two tracks, but was subsequently reduced to a single track bridge. A little more info is at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perryville_Railroad_Bridge

           CSX crosses the Susquehanna on this bridge, catching something here requires a bit of patience. 

  Shot from the Rt 40 Susquehanna bridge.



LED "Tri-Light" Signals.  These signals have been using LEDs for maybe 6 -7 years, and I first noticed them on a MARC ride to Perryville.  Just south of here, there is another set of LED "tri-light" signals for NB traffic in the next set, controlling the squeeze from 4 to 2 tracks.  Please Note: Professional signal maintainers DO NOT use the term "tri-light", they call them colorlights or by the model, such as type "G".


This is the second of two locations around here that uses LED's for lighting the signals.  A little further up in Wilmington DE, they have several signal heads with LED's in them, and a couple of the pedestals mounted overhead on a signal bridge have a couple of the lamp positions using lunar LED's.  The only other place I have seen LED's in use is in Houston TX at Pierce Junction.




In Havre de Grace, at Havre de Grace, the CSX crosses at Ontario Road.  CSX started putting the colorlight signals in about two years ago, but as of late August 2009, still had not cut over to them.  Coming down off the hill where the crossing is, you have a pretty good view of the NEC bridge over the Susquehanna.


The pictures below were taken in June 2011.

  CPL's all gone :-(

    The grade crossing at Ontario Rd


These pictures were taken in June 2011.



On The Havre de Grace Side

The lighthouse in HdG, and looking off the deck at the Tidewater Grill towards the junction of the Chesapeake Bay and the Susquehanna.

This is the Route 40 bridge over the Susquehanna, under repair in 2009.


New 03/01/2008
Last Modified: 01/29/2014