In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Monkton, Baltimore County MD
Glencoe, Baltimore County MD

What's Here:
A couple of former stations of the Northern Central / Pennsylvania RR

GPS Coordinates: as needed
ZIP: 21111 (Monkton)
ZIP: 21152 (Glencoe)
Phone A/C: 410

Access by train/transit:

The Scoop:

A former Northern Central / PRR depot is now the headquarters for the NCR trail.  A few miles south is an old house that was moved a few feet once passenger train operation ceased, it served as the Glencoe station.

Also on the trail, just north of Glencoe Rd and the Glencoe station is a somewhat preserved Pennsy PL signal.  At the Corbett Rd crossing remains a couple of OLD reflectorized crossbucks.

Below, a schedule from 1955 for the Parkton Local and thru trains between Baltimore MD and Harrisburg PA.  The local made its last run in 1959.  Hurricane Agnes wiped out many a bridge and fill in September of 1972 and the Penn Central did not rebuild the line, so north of Cockeysville, service had come to an end, altho engines would go halfway down to Ashland Road for the switch to get around trains still standing on either the siding or the mainline.  Freight service was disrupted in the 1989-1990 timeframe to rebuild the trackage from North Ave to Timonium.  Conrail then had to run freights between 1am and 4am while the light rail trains were not running, altho maintenance LRV's would share the line with freights, I have a few pictures somewhere taken while I worked at light rail.  Norfolk Southern filed for abandonment when the MTA started the double-tracking project on December 31st, 2004 - the project took one year.  We never saw another freight on the northern Central.

Elliott Plack
Alexander Mitchell IV

Websites and other additional information sources of interest:

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

Getting Here

Exit 27 from the Harrisburg Expwy, I-83, north of the Baltimore Beltway, Mt Carmel Rd east to York Rd, south about 100ft, then a left onto Monkton Rd.

Or to Glencoe, use exit 24, Belfast Rd and head east to York Rd, take a right, go about 1000ft to Lower Glencoe Rd and take the left, take a right onto Glencoe Rd where it crosses the stream, the house is on the left.




  the Monkton Depot - ex PRR

GPS Coordinates: 39.579290, -76.615450
The building is currently used as the headquarters for the NCR (Northern Central Railroad) Trail.  The B&W photo is from 1979.



  the Glencoe Depot - ex PRR

GPS Coordinates: 39.550398, -76.636178
This building was used as the Glencoe station, although it looks like a house.  Built sometime around 1856-1860.  The state wants to tear it down because it is in bad shape.  Details below in Alexander's forum note.  The screen shot below is from one of Alan Brougham's Bullsheet pages.


At the entrance to the trail here on the north side of Glencoe Rd, you can see a preserved signal in the background of the picture below.


  Corbett Rd Grade Crossing

GPS Coordinates: 39.569121, -76.620099
Kind of surprising these fellas are still around after 45 years of non-use.  Thanks Elliott!  Now all we need to do is put operating lights on them! :-)


  Preserved Pennsy PL Signal

GPS Coordinates: 39.552302, -76.636865
Along the trail, just north of Glencoe Rd.



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