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Todd's Railfan Guide to
Northern Suburb of Baltimore in Baltimore County
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The only thing of real train type interest in
Timonium is the light rail, and for half of you, it's probably not a terrific
draw to stop in Timonium.
The only other item of significance are the Baltimore & Susquehanna marble ties, but they were only briefly uncovered during the 2005 double-tracking, so there is nothing to see any more.
The second railroad of Baltimore, the Baltimore and Susquehanna, came through here in 1831-32 heading to York and Harrisburg. The railroad was re-organized as the Northern Central Rwy after a really bad accident in Ruxton/Riderwood killed 35 people, and the B&S was prompted to reorganize in order to stave off bankruptcy. The B&S also built the Green Spring Branch, which the Western Maryland used in the beginning before they had their own route out of the city. They built this route as an alternate way out of Baltimore when the state of Pennsylvania denied the Northern Central access to entering York County. The R-O-W was double tracked and signaled by WW1. Local passenger service, known as the Parkton Local, was discontinued in 1959. Soon after, the line reverted to a single track with passing sidings.
More info at:
There are no old NC/PRR depots in Timonium.
There are no fire or police stations in Timonium. The closest fire station is #17 in neighboring Texas to the north, and Lutherville Volunteer Fire Company, station 30, to the south. The Towson, and maybe the Cockeysville precinct handle trouble in Timonium.
Just north of Padonia Road, across from the Lowe's, the Glen Burnie/Cromwell trains "turn around". During the double-tracking project, the MTA put in this really nice pocket track station like arrangement (like Camden Station), and the turn-arounds wait in the pocket track.
More info at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baltimore_Light_Rail
the Baltimore & Susquehanna RR Marble Ties
These fine examples of marble railroad ties date back to when the Baltimore & Susquehanna, precursor to the Northern Central, was heading north out of Baltimore in the 1834 time frame.
When the MTA Light Rail was double tracking the northern section in 2005, they "uncovered" many of the ones still left in the old right-of-way. There were two sections that we saw, one was under Padonia Road going several hundred feet to the south, the other section was at Industry Lane. I tried like a bandit to get some of them saved, but neither the MTA nor the Maryland Historical Trust wanted to do so, stating that they should be preserved for the future when "we" will know more about discovering their secrets. The letter I received also asked me if I knew anything about extracting historical artifacts out of the ground without damaging them, but a couple of days after I received that letter, people doing the R-O-W worked came along and scraped the top of several dozen of them while clearing the way for the new track - so much for the state being good guardians of our past. So, they all got buried and none of us will ever see them again :-(
The two aerial shots below show where the stones were uncovered and could easily be seen during 2005.
Light Rail - Station by Station
The Baltimore Light Rail system starts/ends on
the northern part of the map in Hunt Valley, at the mall. Too bad for
riders, but by the time the current owner of the Mall told the MTA that they
would love to have the Light Rail come into the Mall, the MTA already had
started on building the station as it is now.
There is only one stop in Timonium, which is the Timonium station, next to the fairgrounds.
In addition, there is a pocket track adjacent to Lowe's where trains not going to Hunt Valley "turn around".
NB trains passing the pocket track.
NB going into the pocket track.In the pocket track.
SB trains passing the pocket track.
Picture from the adjacent medical building and my doctors office, they think I'm nuts when I show up for an exam with my camera :-)
Signals and signs.
More signals and signs.
Ductwork used for running the cables in, instead of
running them overhead and/or on poles.
Last Modified: 05/08/2016