In General


In General

Location / Name:
Jessup MD, Howard County

What's Here:
MARC Station
Grade crossing on the Camden line, one of the few
CSX Jessup yard

GPS Coordinates: 39.151631, -76.776409
Phone A/C: 410
ZIP: 20794

Access by train/transit:
MARC Commuter Trains, Camden Line

The Scoop:

Although not a spectacular railfan area, it does offer a few noteworthy items worth investigating and stopping by for a visit.

Probably the most notable is the 160ft long B&O Bollman Truss Bridge built in 1869.  It's the only one of this design left.  It is in neighboring Savage, see the map, or visit my page for more details:

There are three MARC Stations on my map for the area, one of them is here in Jessup.

Reminder:  following the B&O tradition, all directions on the B&O are either eastbound or westbound, at least here in the Baltimore area.  So, here on this map, a westbound freight is going south from Philly to DC, and an eastbound freight is actually going north.

If you're looking for the B&O CPL signals, they were replaced around the 2012 timeframe.

Amtrak's NEC is about 4-1/2 miles to the east of Jessup, but there are not many good places for photographing the trains in the Severn area.

Denver Todd

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:
None for now.....


The above map is available here as a PDF

MARC's Camden Line Schedule


Notice the times have changed a little bit since 2011....


  MARC's Jessup Station

Map from and the Jessup station.

  2008 view
Wider view of the Jessup station - you only have two levels of magnification in the "birds eye view" mode.

2020 view

  2020 view

  from around 1990

  CSX Jessup Yard

Small CSX MOW yard at the north end of the yard.

The north throat of the yard.

The main reason for the Jessup yard is auto unloading.

The wye on the north side of the yard.  Aren't we lucky with engines in most of these shots!

  Entrance to the yard off Dorsey Run Road


  SB Signals at the Jessup Station / just north of 175 and at the north end of crossovers

This is former B&O territory, so B&O CPL signals used to rule.  The CPL signals at this location were replaced maybe in the 2010 timeframe.  They were replaced by the "darth vader" type color light signals.

Many more pictures are featured here taken by Jersey Mike:

  from 2008


  NB Signals south of 175 and at the south end of crossovers

  from 2008



Montevideo Road Grade Crossing

This is the only grade crossing on the Camden line for miles -- Hanover Road to the north is 3.3 miles away, and Sunnyside Ave is 13.2 miles to the south.

Dorsey Run Road Bridge

This is one of the few bridges in the area that still sees traffic.


I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

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 :-)

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.

Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

By the way, 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!  Please 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.


NEW 02/21/2008, BROKE OUT 01/31/2020
Last Modified: 17-Feb-2020