Both NB signals for trains going into the single track have the green position blanked out, and the green put in the middle - and that seems like a lot of tilt to me since the signals are already above the operator's seat.
Warren Road Station
A couple of trains at Warren Rd: NB, and 3 SB's
Beaver Dam Road
The test train checking for catenary alignment before the HV extention opened.
This is where the light rail system veers off from what used to the Pennsy's line to York and Harrisburg PA. Hurricane Agnes in 1972 wiped out most of the track that was at or near the stream that the R-O-W followed, and the financially strapped Penn Central could not rebuild the line... so we lost an important part of our railroad history that year!!! :-) The track the line follows used to be a branch line into the industrial park. There is still a small tail track here, and up until 2004, NS used it to park their engines and train for the day, if it got "stuck" up here because there was not enough time for their train to make it back down to the interchange adjacent to the light rail shops. The end of 2004 also brought the end of freight service into Cockeysville, as the double tracking project got started come January 1st of 2005, and freight service never resumed.
Trains have to slow down here, a lot, to take the curve going from the old Pennsy mainline, to the industrial trackage that served the industrial park, so there is ample opportunity to get pictures as it takes the curve. I have parked in the BGE driveway for a short while without anyone ever getting upset or yelling at me.
Grainy scans of prints of a test train prior to the opening of the HV extension around 1996
Passing the Texas Landfill/Transfer Station
Over the years, I've dumped a lot of my stuff in here, which is now sitting at the bottom of this old landfill. Since probably 1990 or so, it has been a transfer station and starting in maybe 2000 or so, a recycle sorting station. I wonder if we could do an archeological dig to see what we can come up with!!!???
I dunno, in an effort to make this grade crossing as "safe" as possible, it has become one of the worst to get across in terms of waiting. There are so many precautions they have programmed into the software, that you can easily spend 3 or 4 minutes sitting there while everything times out for getting cars already on the move off the tracks, then waiting for the approaching train to finally get there and cross... and if another train comes from the other direction, you might as well set your alarm for snooze :-) :-)
Along Beaver Dam Road
A couple from back in 2005 when the double tracking was in process. The siding into the quarry was still in place at the time.
The "Texas Quarry" cannot be seen from the Light Rail, but it is still worth mentioning. When we first moved into the area back in 1966, it was then owned by Harry T. Campbell. Campbell's also owned a large tract of land over by Whitemarsh Mall, where the business' to the east of I-95 are now... someone made a bunch of money!
Anyways, several things came out of this quarry that make it worth mentioning:
One - the marble used to build the Washington Monument in Washington DC came from here, and years ago when they fixed up the monument, they came back here for matching marble.
Two - the white dust used on gum, I believe it is Calcium Carbonate, is mined from the hole,
Three - The marble used for the first stringers/sleepers of the Baltimore & Susquehanna RR came from here, not much of a surprise since the quarry and tracks are right next to each other.
Back in the very early 70's, Campbell's had a family day, and I made sure I got there for a tour as my first wife's father was a dozer operator in the pit! :-) Very cool hole!
At Timonium Station Road / the Timonium Pocket Track by Lowe's and Sam's Club
GPS Coordinates: 39.458676, -76.641066
under Padonia Road
At Padonia Rd: NB, SB going around pocket track, SB back on main line.
GPS Coordinates: 39.448547, -76.634921
The two parking areas on the left were sold off by the MTA, and in early 2020, construction was started on several buildings.
When the light rail system originally opened, this was the northernmost station, and had a spring switch leading into a tail track for the turn-around..
Before the extension to Hunt Valley was opened.
Around 1990, when the original construction of the light rail line was taking place.
The siding off to the left was for Saco Lumber, which moved up to Cockeysville shortly after. 84 Lumber is still there.
The crossing was again closed in 2005 for the double tracking project, dunno why, they already had 2 tracks at the crossing....
NB train at Timonium Road
NB train at Timonium Road
SB train at Timonium Road
So, looking north from Timonium Road, if we look at the catenary, it wiggles back and forth.... why???
Unlike a streetcar that uses a wheel to ride on the wire, modern cars use a pantograph, which uses a graphite shoe. If the catenary wire sat in one place over that shoe, it would quickly put a grove in the surface, which could catch the wire, and rip the shoe and/or pantograph off the car.
At Timonium Road, there is a unique electronic sign, that is only found here. If the track circuits detect a train on both tracks, it turns this sign on, to warn traffic that two trains are coming (so hopefully no-one will drive around the gates while they are waiting for the second train). The signs and electronics were designed by Vern Hartsock while he was a Systems foreman while I worked there in 1995, and I am surprised they are still in operation!
Timonium Business Park Station
GPS Coordinates: 39.433615, -76.628260
Not a very busy station most of the time.
Timonium Business Park Road
There are a couple of good places to eat nearby, one of them is just a hundred feet from the station, the Bluestone.
GPS Coordinates: 39.428849, -76.627035
From here, south to the Falls Road station, is the longest uninterrupted "run" on the system, about 4.3 miles.
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