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B&O Washington Branch
Modern day photo tour

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Brief Historical Background: Route 100 Industrial Park

Spurs

Spurs
Mile: 13.0 Date: May 2002
Ease: B+ View: N
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 12, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

The track into the Route 100 Industrial Park is notable for its steepness.


Rusty Shiny
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Rusty Shiny
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.1 Date: May 2008
Ease: B View: N
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

Of these two ascending into the Industrial Park, guess which sees more trains. Since photo time the rusty set has been disconnected.


Snowy
Photo courtesy JP Frecker

Snowy
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.2 Date: Dec 2009
Ease: B+ View: S
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps
Neither rain nor the first snow of autumn 2009 shall prevent CSX from its appointed rounds on the spur. That's MD 100 in the distance.


Rail Brace
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Rail Brace
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.2 Date: May 2008
Ease: B View: W
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Map

This economy rail brace from W S Corp dates to 1928; in this case economy includes dyslexic letter stamping. I'm sure this spur dates to well after 1928, probably the 1960s, like its brother on the other side of the tracks had.


Mirror 9

Mirror 9
Mile: Date: Jul 2002
Ease: A View: NW
Area: A IC2:
Map: Ho 14 E 7 Topographic Maps

A similar mirroring appears on this stone mile marker in Clarksville. The markers along the Ellicott City and Clarksville Turnpike (now MD 108) date to the 1869-construction of the 10-mile road by contractors John Oren and Harper Carroll along what had been Old Sandy Spring Road.

Leonardo da Vinci used mirror writing extensively, possibly to obfuscate documentation of his ideas from readers unfamiliar with the technique.


Santa Barbara Court
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Santa Barbara Court
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.3 Date: May 2008
Ease: A View: W
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

The area at Santa Barbara Court looks nothing like the California town, but it does have the first grade crossing for the spur. The spur splits here, and will again further ahead. Note the boxcars in the distance, evidence this track comes to life sometimes.


Tamper RM 1956

Tamper RM 1956
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.4 Date: Apr 2018
Ease: A View: NE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

tamper control The spur is also a convenient place to park MoW equipment for the weekend.

A Ballast Tamper like this Harsco Mark IV HD is a sophisticated machine with laser sighting to measure the levelness of track. By vibrating the track it can adjust the height to smooth dips and rises. When new during 2011 the Mark IV sold for in excess of $3 million.

The Millenium Falcon's laser cannon stations have nothing on this operator's control chair.


Tampers
NEW! early-Oct 2018

Tampers
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.4 Date: Apr 2018
Ease: A View: W
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

This is the active tamping part of a tamper. These arms contact the track to vibrate it and the surrounding ballast to induce a sort of liquefaction that permits the track height to be raised or lowered to a desired levelness.


Regulator

Regulator
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.4 Date: Apr 2018
Ease: A View: N
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

regulator control Bryan Park "The Rhino" Ballast Regulator has everything one needs for a day of pushing rocks around the rails -- except maybe a cupholder. Farmer Machine Company of Ashland, Virginia builds these machines to CSX specifications.

CSX's Maintenance-of-Way of equipment is itself maintained by the Bryan Park Roadway Shop in Richmond, Virginia.

Link: The Rhino


Give a Hoot
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

Give a Hoot
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.4 Date: May 2008
Ease: A View: N
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

...don't just toot.

Whenever I see these manual switch controls, this one given maintenance not long ago, I think of an owl. I also think of Jimmy Durante.


San Tomas Road
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

San Tomas Road
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.6 Date: May 2008
Ease: A View: SE
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 D 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

Deliveries arrive via the track on the left.


Pulled
Photo courtesy Kirk Nabors
NEW! early-Oct 2018

Pulled
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.6 Date: Sep 2018
Ease: A View: NW
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 D 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

Here's a delivery in progress. First the hoppers get pulled past the switch and across San Tomas Road.


Pushed
Photo courtesy Kirk Nabors
NEW! early-Oct 2018

Pushed
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.6 Date: Sep 2018
Ease: A View: E
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 D 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

Then the switch is thrown, and in this case CSX 6446 reverses to push the hoppers onto the siding.


Pneumatic
Photo courtesy JP Frecker
NEW! early-Oct 2018

Pneumatic
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.7 Date: Dec 2009
Ease: A View: E
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 D 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

This main photo is from an earlier delivery. Somtimes the engine offloading 2018 pushes the hoppers far back between buildings.

Ths closeup at left of plastic pellet hoppers NDYX 879151 and CBFX 470195 dates from April 2018.

The pellets fall by gravity to the bottom of the hoppers where suction-driven air currents offload them along one of up to seven tubes into the manufacturing facility.


High Road Low Road
Photo courtesy Dave Hiteshew

High Road Low Road
Mile: 13.0, spur 0.7 Date: May 2008
Ease: A View: S
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 D 11, AA 1 B 11 Topographic Maps

The spur's tracks diverge and curve to serve many warehouses, even ones at different elevations. That is MD 100 in the distance.


Dwarf CPL

Dwarf CPL
Mile: 12.9 Date: Dec 2008
Ease: B+ View: S
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 12, AA 1 B 12 Topographic Maps

At dusk on a chilly Chrismas Eve the elves are busy, so instead this dwarf CPL guards the mainline from rail traffic exiting the Route 100 Industrial Park spur.


New Signals

New Signals
Mile: 12.9 Date: Feb 2011
Ease: B+ View: S
Area: B IC2:
Map: Ho 17 E 12, AA 1 B 12 Topographic Maps

Since then much taller signals have taken on the job. The distant CPL knows its days are numbered (it was removed later in 2011).

On the next page we'll resume where we left off the Washington Branch.



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