Access by train/transit:
Light Rail North Avenue Station
Amtrak & MARC Penn Station
A number of bus lines on North Ave.
At approximately 1pm on Friday, March 15th, 2019, an east bound CSX freight
(headed towards Philadelphia), was crossing the Jones Falls, Falls Road, and
the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.
There was a number of loaded freight cars at the head end of the train,
followed by at least a half a dozen empties, most of which are the kind you
see carrying bulk lumber, they are called centerbeam flatcars. The empty cars were the ones to
derail on the tightly curved section of the bridge spanning the Jones
Falls and Falls Road. The Jones Falls is a creek flowing
from Baltimore County south into and thru Baltimore emptying in the
Baltimore Harbor about another mile and a half south of here.
One of the cars that fell off the bridge fell onto the substation for the
Baltimore Streetcar Museum. This provides power for the trolleys at
the museum. I've been a member of the museum since 1967, and we always
joked about their never having been a derailment. As it is, when a
freight is going over the bridge, the streetcars always hold short of the
overpass, just in case something falls off a car above. I guess we are
going to have to stop even further away from the bridge in light of today's
event! I suspect running cars for most of the summer will be out of
question. Does anyone know where the power car from Charlotte is these
The North Avenue bridge that goes over the Light Rail, the Jones Falls,
Falls Road, and CSX, provided an excellent vantage point to view the
majority of the accident scene and the emergency crews. Present on the
bridge were camera crews from Channels 2, 13, and 45, with Channel 11 a
little further south at another location.
A few blocks away, it appears that CSX already had some construction
equipment ready to assist in the clean-up efforts.
The only correction to the news broadcast of Channel 13 would be to their
mention that passenger trains were/are not affected. This is because
the CSX Line is freight only. The passenger service is on another line
altogether, a separate
right-of-way below the CSX, and is Amtrak's North East Corridor.
CSX, or more correctly, MARC, doesn't have passenger service until you get
down to Camden Station, and that should not be affected unless the freight
train is on the track that MARC uses to come out of the station on. Channel 2 also incorrectly stated that the derailment was the result of a
head on collision.
Yanked from FRA accident report #000181844, is this explanation of what happened:
WJZ-TV, Channel 13
If you're "coming down" I-83, the JFX - Jones Falls
Expressway from the north of Baltimore, such as the Towson area, or I-83
coming down from York or Harrisburg PA, take exit 6, North Avenue. At the
end of the ramp, take a left onto North Ave, and go a few blocks till you
can take a right onto Maryland Ave. You can take another right at either
Trenton St (the yellow arrow) or Lafayette Ave (staying with the red).
Trenton isn't always a good choice, for it is more of an alley than a
street, and it might be clogged up. Either one ends at Falls Road, and you
should take a right. Falls Road goes under both Howard St and North Ave.
If you're coming up from downtown (black line), Charles
Street is probably the best bet. When you get to Lafeyette, hang a left,
and join the red route.
From the west, you could come in via the Beltway, I-95,
I-395, Conway St, and then Charles St, or, you could come in via Cooks Lane
(off the end of I-70), Edmonston Ave, West Franklin, West Mulberry St, and
when you hit Charles St, hang a left.
From the east side of Baltimore, streets like Pulaski
Hwy/Orleans St, Baltimore St, or Madison St will get you to Charles St.
the Baltimore Streetcar Museum Substation Before the CSX Derailment
A Medium Clear for a train that will never make it.....
A typical Centerbeam Flatcar
Better view of the Substation from Skychopper 13
You can usually find several members of the BSM working down there on
Saturdays, but not today, everything is blocked off - Rob Catlin photo
Two years later.....
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