Todd's Railfan Guide to
and northern VA / WV

In General
Getting Here
MARC and Amtrak Schedules

MARC Stations and Points of Interest


In General

The central Maryland and northern parts of Virginia and West Virginia area offers the railfan a wide variety of photo ops.

There are quite a few tunnels in the area, due the hilly and sometimes mountainous terrain, and there are oodles of bridges.  In Harpers Ferry, you have them combined in a rare sight. 

CSX, Norfolk Southern, Amtrak, and MARC all have a presence here, as well as the short excursion line, the Walkersville and Southern.  The CSX runs pretty much E-W from Baltimore and Washington DC to Toledo and Chicago, and the NS is running N-S from Hagerstown to Roanoke.

Hagerstown and Brunswick both have railroad museums, the one in Hagerstown is on the site of the former Western Maryland roundhouse.

If you are into non-railroad "things", you have to visit the first Washington Monument built in the U.S., and the Monocacy Aqueduct, which carried the C&O Canal over a tributary of the Potomac River, a most impressive site!

West of the central area is Hancock, Cumberland, and Frostburg.... and Oakland in far western Maryland, which all have notable points of interest for the railfan.

For specific guides of the area:
here for a guide to Boyce and Berryville VA
     Click here for a guide to Brunswick MD
     Click here for a guide to Charlestown WV
     Click here for a guide to Frederick MD
     Click here for a guide to Hagerstown MD
     Click here for a guide to Harpers Ferry WV
     Click here for a guide to Martinsburg WV
     Click here for a guide to Mt Airy MD 
     Click here for a guide to Point of Rocks MD
     Click here for a guide to Winchester WV

     Click here for a guide to the Maryland Midland RR  
     Click here for a guide to the Walkersville Southern RR

Getting Here

Interstate 70, from the west or east provides access to the Central Maryland region. 

From the north, I-81 brings you into the Hagerstown area from central PA and NY, and US15 brings you into the Frederick area.  From eastern NY and the eastern states, a trip down I95 and around the Baltimore Beltway (I695) to I70 west will get you here.

From the south, again, it's I-81 and US15.... plus US340 which brings you into the Frederick area.

I81 also provides you with access to Winchester, northern VA and WV. 

From DC, you have a couple of choices.  You can head west from the DC Beltway on either VA7 or VA267, the Dulles Airport Access Road, which is a toll road, and head to Leesburg where you can pick up US15 heading to Point of Rocks.  Just on the other side of the river and Point of Rocks, hang a left onto MD464, Point of Rocks Rd, and take that the seven miles into Brunswick.

If you're coming from the north side of DC, I would just head up I270 to Frederick, and then catch US340 south... while it may be a little longer, you don't have the stop signs, traffic lights, and slow moving idiots that plague the back roads.


Click here for the above map in a PDF

MARC and Amtrak Schedules

MARC Stations and Points of Interest

Barnesville MD

      MARC Commuter Station

Boyds MD

      MARC Commuter Station

A typical "bus stop" style station, the underpass has been closed off, and a bird hotel :-)

Brunswick MD

         The ex B&O Depot and WB MARC Commuter Station

            CSX's Brunswick Yard

         The Brunswick Railroad Museum

      "B&O's" WB Tower

      The EB MARC Station

            The C&O Canal

Charles Town WV

A quaint historic district with many photo ops.
A NS/CSX crossing called Shenandoah Junction offers some interesting photo opportunities.
And an ex N&W depot make this town a good stopover point.  The depot however, I understand, in a bad state and pictures are very difficult to get.

Dickerson MD

      MARC Commuter Station


 Just west of Dickerson is this set of signals for a crossover and siding

Duffields WV

   MARC Commuter Station

Frederick MD

      MARC Commuter Stations


      MARC Commuter Station, small park with train display

Germantown MD

      MARC Commuter Station

Harpers Ferry WV

   One of the most famous Civil War towns, along with spectacular scenery around the HF Tunnel.

Hagerstown MD

CSX (ex WM) Yard, the Hagerstown RR Museum, and an ex WM depot all make this a worthwhile stop! 

Martinsburg WV

Martinsburg is the end of the MARC Brunswick Commuter line, and has two trains a day in each direction.
Amtrak also stops in Martinsburg.
The ex B&O shops, in service till 1988, is mostly still in place as the Martinsburg Roundhouse Center.  http://www.martinsburgroundhouse.com/
An ex PRR depot still stands today, located on the now W&W tracks.  http://alphaaec.com/holiday/detail.php?id=7


the Maryland Midland RR

Based out of Union Bridge MD, this short line took over the Western Maryland operations from Emory Grove in Reisterstown, the Blue Ridge Summit.

Metropolitan Grove MD

      MARC Commuter Station

Monocacy Aqueduct MD


For it's time, a wonderful engineering feat to build the C&O Canal over a river!  A must see if you're passing through.

Mount Airy MD

ex B&O depot and a tunnel on the Old Main Line. 

Point of Rocks MD

   A division point for the CSX, and a beautiful old B&O depot are here.


Shenandoah Junction WV

Although the Junction disappeared many, many years ago, it nevertheless provides for some interesting shots.

Shepardstown WV

   In a view looking south, you see the bridge and depot in the upper right hand corner.

Walkersville MD

Home to the short excursion line, the Walkersville Southern RR... take a ride behind "Bangy", the manual shift switcher, or treat yourself to a dinner train!

Washington Grove / Gaithersburg MD

   MARC Commuter Station

Winchester VA

Home to the Winchester and Western RR, which has it's shops in Gore VA.  http://www.varail.com/wwhome.htm
CSX interchanges with the W&W here. 
A former B&O depot still stands in town.  http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM26ZH_B_O_Railroad_Station_Winchester_VA
Winchester has a model railroad club, info at http://www.wmrrc.org/
Winchester also has a bus system.

Zittlestown MD
Washington Monument

Not as magnificent as the Washington Monument in DC, it pre-dates it though and has a commanding view from the top of the mountain it's on!

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