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This page will cover the stations of the Baltimore Light Rail System
starting just south of the Lutherville station at Seminary Avenue where the
former Pennsy Lutherville depot is located, and heading south to North Avenue. I
will also cover the grade crossings and anything else of importance.
This section of the light rail system is a big change from the grade-crossing
rich area going through Timonium and Cockeysville/Hunt Valley. Between
Lutherville and North Avenue, there are only two grade-crossings, at Seminary
Ave in Lutherville, and Union Ave in Woodberry. I guess this is related to
the fact that the R-O-W follows the Jones Falls from Lake Roland on down, and
there is no place to put a road on that side of the tracks. In fact,
we don't hit a grade-crossing again until we cross Mt Royal Ave.
The Former PRR Lutherville Station
GPS Coordinates: 39.424087, -76.629415
As of June 2020, the station was for sale.....
"We" are very lucky, in that very few have died as a result of trying to beat
the train at a grade crossing on the Baltimore System, but here, around 2000 or
so, someone in a Jeep tried to go around the gates and got hit. RIP.
Nice sight lines in both directions, and to the south, we can see the trains
coming at us going under the Beltway (if you have a good telephoto lens).
under the Beltway and the Crossovers
In the shot below, you can see how the MTA put in an additional sound barrier by
moving the tracks over by about 15 feet. I'm not sure how much doing so
really reduces the sound level to go to all that trouble of putting a "crick" in
the tracks.... and then if you look further down the tracks in that straight
stretch where my house is, and they had room to move the tracks to the other
side to get them further way from our houses, they didn't, so again, what was
April 18th, 2005, as work on the double tracking continues.....
The Former PRR Riderwood Station
at CM N525
The tracks here cross a stream that is one of two main feeds for Lake Roland,
the bridge it goes over dates to the 1800's. It is a steel girder bridge,
and has always had two spans on it, even tho for the first half of the systems
life, until 2005 when they double tracked the north end, light rail was only a
single track until it hit an interlocking at the Beltway and became two tracks.
Just south of here, back in the Pennsy days up until the late 50's or early
60's, the Pennsy had three tracks going thru Ruxton.
the Joppa Road "Tunnels"
GPS Coordinates: 39., -76.
along Bellona Avenue
A "Ruxton" station would have been put in somewhere along here, and during the
planning process, the area residents complained loudly enough that the MTA
listened.... so now you can enjoy a 4 mile ride thru some of the nicer sections
of the line! Crime was the main reason cited for not wanting a station
here, and seeing what happened in Lutherville when the line opened there, no-one
can blame them.
at Lake Roland and the Robert E. Lee Park
During late April and May 2015, I noticed
that all the trains passing behind my house were on the SB track, so on
Cinqo de Mayo day, I went for a ride down to the Falls Road station, and
found that the MTA had closed off the NB (northbound) side because of the
rock outcropping. Dunno why (as of this day) they still had the NB side
closed, but it obviously concerns "them".
Falls Road Station
GPS Coordinates: 39.376602, -76.649733
Access to the expansive Lake Roland area in what used to be the Robert E. Lee
park is easy from the parking lot.
Area residents, weary of the foot traffic and crime, had the light rail folks
put in a barrier so you can't get to the business' just seen at the top of the
aerial shot without walking down to the Falls Road bridge over the tracks and
walking about 5 times the distance :-(
Notice it's on the "wrong" side.
Detail pictures from May 2015:
under Falls Road
Mt Washington Station
GPS Coordinates: 39.368424, -76.652156
Cold Spring Lane Station
GPS Coordinates: 39.344130, -76.647927
This is the only station you have to walk to (or take a bus), to get to, as
there is no place to park anywhere close. And, because the station
is about 50 feet below Cold Spring Lane, there is a ridiculous ramp to get down
to the station level. I would generally skip this station for a
picture, unless for some reason, you need a picture at the location of one of the last business'
to use rail service on the line, a vinegar manufacturer (Fleischmann's Vinegar Co) on the west side of the
line. As far as I know, the siding is still there.
GPS Coordinates: 39.331214, -76.643414
The North Avenue Shops/Maintenance Facility
GPS Coordinates: 39.315176, -76.626474
The Relief Point
If the train ever stops, seemingly in the middle of no-where, and
you are in the lead car, you will notice that this is the relief point,
where the operators change out. They usually do runs for two hours,
then get about 30 minutes of down time before being assigned to another train.
North Avenue Station
GPS Coordinates: 39.311787, -76.622546
Under North Avenue
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