Support Equipment
for the Baltimore Light Rail System



This page covers the numerous signs the Baltimore Light Rail system uses....  What would life be without signs to tell us what to do or where were are, I guess pretty boring.

Most of the signs on the Baltimore Light Rail System are pretty self explanatory.

Station Signs

These signs are located along the road, out "in front" of the station, but not every station has one. Sometime around 2018, they started updating the original blue & yellow signs, painting them black to cover over the blue that has been with us since the system opened in 1990 - they also did away with the contrasting colors.

Around 1997, the station sign in Ferndale got knocked over late one night by an impaired driver, and it was brought back to the shops.  Several years later, it was replaced by this, altho it is not a station sign in the traditional sense.  The old Ferndale sign is now sitting in someone's back yard :-).....

Another non-standard station sign at the Woodberry station.

When the mood strikes them, they are replacing the signs with a completely new design.

Along the station platforms, there are pole mounted signs to tell the riders which station they are at.  The Falls Road station was one of the first to receive new signage back in 2015.

the old style sign

Information Signs

These signs are electronic information signs that are "live", and usually give the station name and time until a train is approaching, and then they display the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) of the next train. There are 3 or 4 on each platform.  The top picture shows the normal display, while the bottom picture shows the ETA of the next train.  The NB and SB signs display different messages.

"No Turn" Signs

These illuminated signs are located at places where they don't want you to make a turn because a train is approaching.  They can be either for a street or a driveway, and are used in conjunction with crossing gates and flashing lights.  I'm taking a guess, but it appears that these signals may be lit using several bulbs using fiber optics to light up a particular section, judging from the ones I have seen where they are missing parts of the lit display.  Not sure when these things started popping up.

The next two pictures are on Gilroy Rd in Cockeysville, one of the more concentrated areas of this style sign.

Chain Markers

Chain markers is the Light Rail way of saying "mileposts".  Distances on the main line are measured from Baltimore Street in thousands of feet, so, CM 527 seen below, would be 52,700 feet from Baltimore St, or about 10 miles.  The "N" is for north, and the "1" is for track one or two.  They used to say just CM 527, but were modified when the double tracking took place.  Distances on the branches are measured from the junctions.

"Second Train Coming" Sign

As far as I know, there is only the one installation of this sign, and it is at the Timonium Road crossing.  It was designed by Vern Hartsock when he was a foreman in the systems section back in 1995 or 1996.  I'm surprised it is still operating after all these years!  I need to sit there one day and wait for the thing to activate, the graphics are pretty cool!

Gee, we caught a day when the MTA 95's are on scene! :-)

Maps and Area Information Signs

Assorted Miscellaneous Sign



on the way into the North Ave shops

Due to political correctness, the park is now called the Lake Roland Park.......


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Last Updated: 09 September 2020