Not a whole heck of a lot here in Dorsey to lure you here just for the
Dorsey station, or pictures here. However, within a few minutes of
driving, you have the St Denis, Savage, and Jessup stations.
And while you are in the Savage area, you have several bridges of notoriety, the best
known of which is the last surviving example of a Bollman Truss Bridge.
For the signal fan, this area was predominated
by CPL signals, but as of the summer of 2012, they were all 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
Also in Jessup are a couple of industrial businesses with
older first and second generation diesels as shown on the map.
If you in the mood for some great food at reasonable prices, you have the
Timbuktu restaurant at the nearby Coca Cola Dr -- they are known for their crab
cakes, and I recently attended a retirement party with about 40 people, and
probably 35 of them had the crab cakes!
See the aerial shot of Dorsey Station for their locations.
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.
NB Signals at the south end of the Dorsey crossover
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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!
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and/or other stuff.
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