Access by train/transit:
Light Rail Mt Royal Station
A 124 car southbound train was going thru the Howard Street tunnel and derailed
at the northern portal around 5:45am. 13 cars overturned. A
southbound train here is a westbound train on the railroad. Most of
the cars were empty, but one of the overturned cars may have been carrying
acetone - there were no leaks however. Speculation was that the
derailment may have happened as far north of the tunnel as a mile, but since
this was such a minor incident, there was never a follow-up story, at least
not on local news. I have not searched for an FRA report.
The train originated in Philadelphia, and was heading to Cumberland, passing
thru Baltimore and Washington DC.
If you're coming down I-83 from the north side of Baltimore, get off at the
North Avenue exit, exit 6. Go straight across the intersection at the
first light, this will put you on West Mt Royal Avenue. Go about 2100
feet, and look for a place to park, A stairway down to the Mt Royal platform
will be JUST on the other side of the light rail grade crossing.
If you're coming "up" thru the city from say, I-95 and I-395, take Howard
Street north. I-395 turns into Howard Street at Camden Station, and
you will have the light rail next to you all the way up. Take a right
at Chase Street, which is not a 90 degree turn, more like a 45. The
next intersection is kind of an ugly one, with the MLK, which goes off
slightly to your left, take that. At the next intersection with Biddle
Street on your right, go straight, you will pass the BSO on your left
(Baltimore Symphony Orchestra). Go straight thru the next intersection
at Preston St, and this will take you to Mt Royal Ave, where you can take a
left, or look for a parking spot now, or in the MICA parking lot at the Mt
Royal Station/school (the black "X" below).
A stairway off Mt Royal Ave will take you down to the platform, or, as near
as you can get to it.... (green arrow).
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