In General


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In General

This is one of CSX's main yard in the Baltimore area.  CSX (and their predecessor, the B&O, really didn't have one big yard as the Pennsy did (the adjoining NS Bayview yard), instead, they split up the chores between Bayview (serving the east side), Penn Mary (serving the Baltimore Harbor, the Canton waterfront, the Canton area, an interchange with the Canton RR, and the gateway to Sparrows Point), Riverside and Locust Point (serving the Locust Point waterfront industries and piers), and Curtiss Bay (serving the south side of Baltimore, mainly the coal piers).

As far as signals go, there isn't much in the area to feast on.  There's a new (~2003) color light signal installation on the B&O off Monument St, which, is one of the most popular railfan spots in Baltimore.  There's a couple of old Pennsy PL's under 895, adjacent to the old BAY tower.  Access is not recommended to the PL's even tho you can drive there.

As I mention of the map, the CSX used to be fairly tolerant of casual railfans staying in their cars at the wye.  Haven't been there lately to check this out. 

CSX doesn't have many railroad cops, compared to the NS, so there's less chance of being arrested, detained or chased off.  The NS are particularly brutal, having the authority to arrest you if they want to.... there's a reason they have the nickname, "the Nazi Southern".  (PS, if some of you think the title is unwarranted, or otherwise inflammatory, their own people use the term to describe their employer, this is for Tom K)



  CSX Bayview Yard

   CSX Bayview Yard Office

   former B&O BA Tower

Looking for pictures.... anyone have a picture of it to help out???

   CSX Wye

Railfan Parking

Please be considerate if you come here to railfan, so the owners don't get pissed off and post no trespassing signs!


  WB Colorlight Signals on Cantilever Bridge

This location was the first in the Baltimore area to have its B&O CPL signals replaced, maybe around 2003?  There used to be a CPL dwarf for the siding, and many years ago, someone had come along and stolen the thing.  There was talk in the railfan community for months!  There is now a chain-link fence in the way between you and the action.

  Dwarf Signal for the Siding

Picture needed.  Haven't been by for a while to know if there is still a signal for the siding.


I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  I do these pages because I love spending my time doing them - although I do a reasonable amount of research to make sure the information presented is accurate! :-)  :-)

Please Note:
 Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in, oooooooops, oh well! :-)

My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning.  Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or disoriented.  Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost!  I belong to AAA, which allows you to get local maps for free when you visit the local branches.  ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the railroads on them.  If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads.  Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.

BTW, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous and/or other stuff.

Pictures and additional information is always needed if anyone feels inclined to take 'em, send 'em, and share 'em, or if you have something to add or correct.... credit is always given! BE NICE!!! Contact info is here

Beware: If used as a source, ANYTHING from Wikipedia must be treated as being possibly being inaccurate, wrong, or not true.


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