In General
Getting Here


In General

Location / Name:
Riverdale MD, Prince Georges County

What's Here:
MARC Commuter Rail Station

GPS Coordinates: 38.963002, -76.934951
Phone A/C: 301
ZIP: 20737

Access by train/transit:
MARC Camden Line Trains

The Scoop:

The Riverdale MARC station is the first station out of DC's Union station.  It has a quaint little station, in a quaint little neighborhood.  You have six trains a day in each direction stopping here.  There are another four in each direction that do not stop here, see the schedules below.

There is parking and station access from both sides of the tracks.

Since the station is on CSX's Capitol sub-division, you might see a couple of freights if you are waiting for a commuter train, or just hanging around to take pictures.

Trains coming through here SB (towards DC) are heading west or south.  They would be heading west via the Metropolitan sub, going thru Point-of-Rocks MD, Brunswick MD, and Harpers Ferry WV among others.

Just south of Riverdale (less than a mile) is Hyattsville.  Hyattsville has always been an important point for B&O/CSX trains, because it is where the trains heading into Northern Virginia (NOVA) take off from the Capitol Subdivision at "JD" Tower.  If trains are heading south into Virginia, they would take one of the legs of the wye to get on the Alexandria Extension, and then take the Long Bridge over the Potomac River into NOVA and continue on down to Richmond VA.  From there they would continue south on former Seaboard trackage into NC and further, or east into Newport News VA to service the docks on the former C&O.

Going EB (or NB) thru here, they would be headed to Baltimore MD, Wilmington DE, or Philadelphia PA, or points further north in NJ, NY, and MA.

There are about 20 freight trains a day going thru here.

The station is also (kinda) accessible by the DC Metro via the Prince George's Plaza station on the GREEN and YELLOW lines.  The walk is roughly 1.2 miles.


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Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area:

Getting Here

You can get here either by using the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, or by using US Route 1 (if you are trying to take in all of the stations of the Camden line)..

Using the B-W Parkway, take the 410 exit for New Carrolton & Hyattsville.  Go west on 410/Riverdale Rd to Route 1, and take a left.  Go one block to Queensbury Road, and take another left.  The station and tracks are two blocks east.

Alternatively, you can take a left off of 410 onto 49th St, go one block to Queensbury Road, take a right, and that will take you to the Riverdale station, passing by the Riverdale Fire Station on your right.





MARC Riverdale Station

GPS Coordinates: 38.963002, -76.934951
6200 Rhode Island Ave, Riverdale Park, MD 20737


  EB Colorlight Signals

The EB (NB) signals for the 3 to 2 squeeze and the single crossover are about 500 feet south of the station.
The next set of signals to the north is 1.7miles away, just north of the College Park station.


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