In General


In General

Location / Name:
Annapolis Junction MD, Anne Arundel County

What's Here:
the Savage MARC commuter station
CSX's Jessup Yard
Waste Management facility using second generation diesel
Last surviving B&O Bollman Truss Bridge

GPS Coordinates: 39.122915, -76.796367 (station platform)
Phone A/C: 410
ZIP: 20724

Access by train/transit:
MARC Commuter trains

The Scoop:

Although not a spectacular railfan area, it does offer a few noteworthy items worth investigating and making it worthwhile to stop 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.  Although Savage is still a "simple" station, the MTA built one heck of a huge parking garage, and Bing still has a mid-construction aerial view even tho it was built around 2016 or so.

Off of Route 32 there 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!

On the history side of things, Annapolis Junction got its name from the fact that it was the junction between the B&O RR and the Annapolis, Washington & Baltimore RR, which provided service between Annapolis and Annapolis Junction.  The track at Vulcan Materials is the site of the junction, where there used to be a wye.  In the beginning in 1840, the Annapolis and Elk Ridge Railroad once provided rail service to Annapolis and was one of the earliest railroads in the U.S.  The A&ERR went bankrupt in 1884 and was sold for $100,000, and then reorganized as the Annapolis, Washington and Baltimore RR.  In 1903 the AW&B was purchased by the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Electric Rwy.  The WB&A ceased operation in 1935, rolling stock was sold, and the (now) branch was operated till around 1981 to Fort Mead MD.

For the signal fan, this area was predominated by CPL signals, but as of the summer of 2012, they have all been replaced by color light signals :-(  There were a bunch that are easy to photograph on the south (or west) side of the station platforms at Jessup and Dorsey, and the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.

This is the "original" page for the area, so for continuity's sake (mostly because of the map) I have left the other locations on here with a link to the page they are now on:
MARC's Dorsey Station
MARC's Jessup Station
MARC's Laurel Station
MARC's Laurel Racetrack Station

Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:


The above map is available here as a PDF

MARC Camden Line Schedule


  MARC's Savage Station

GPS Coordinates: 39.122990, -76.796265

Two aerial views of the Savage station from (an early) Bing Maps, before the parking garage was built.

A later aerial view from Bing, from when the massive parking structure was under construction...

  ex B&O Guilford Bridge

GPS Coordinates: 39.165612, -76.840923

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: , the two pictures come from his website.

  ex B&O Bollman Truss Bridge

GPS Coordinates: 39.134803, -76.825068

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. 

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

  Vulcan Materials Company

GPS Coordinates: 39.124880, -76.790876

Used to be known as Whimpey Minerals.

  Waste Management

GPS Coordinates: 39.127899, -76.786557

Trash in by truck, trash out by train.


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


  SB Signals at Waste Management / just north of Guilford Rd

  NB Signals south of 32 and north of the Savage Station

Historical USGS Maps

Courtesy of the University of Texas Library, click here for their index page.


I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

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.

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 :-)

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.

Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

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.

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!  Please be NICE!!!  Contact info is here

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Last Modified: 17-Feb-2020