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Saturday, September 14, 2013

13-09-14 PHOTOS: End of the Wye

Bailey's Wye is the nexus of mainline railroading in Baltimore where the old Camden passenger terminal and Howard Street tunnel join the line to the yard and port facilities at Locust Point. I've been there many times before and posted several sets of photos from the area, but this time the trip was more out of necessity than pleasure as the all-consuming resignaling project that CSX has been undertaking in the Maryland area is finally ready to scrub the old B&O from Baltimore.

After declaring a railfan emergency I made a special trip down to the site in September to document whatever I had missed during a previous trip back in March. You can find all the new photos right here.

We begin at the Mt Royal Light Rail station with MTA-MD LRV #5043.

I was actually looking to take my first light rail trip to Cromwell since the line was double tracked years ago, and since my friend and I had first caught a BWI train we had to transfer at Hamburg St. While there I caught the southbound B&O CPL mast signal at HB TOWER displaying an uncommon Approach Slow indication.

MTA-MD LRV #5029 at the Cromwell Terminal.

CSX C40-8W #7346 and C40-10W #5290 wait for a proceed signal at Leadenhall St heading out of Locust Point yard for the main line westbound.

With a Slow Approach Slow indication up on the CPL dwarf the train then heads past the signals at LEADENHALL ST interlocking towards the main line connection at BAILEY. The new Darth Vader masts are already up.

Slow means slow as we see the same freight train crawling across the Leadenhall St crossing and knocking down the B&O CPL at BAILEY.

Footings are in place for a new 4-track signal bridge at BAILEY. All of this is a massive waste seeing that all of the signaling here was redone for the 1992 Camden Yards redevelopment project which opened the new MARC station and extended the Howard St tunnel.

CSX ES44AC-H #913 leads a New York City trash train southward under the 3-track Bailey B&O CPL signal bridge.

AC4400 #5 was in the second position.

After the westbound had passed the eastbound track 2 signal pulled up a Medium Clear for a train headed through the Howard St tunnel.

That train was a real catch with AC6000 #5001, the CSX Diversity engine and SD70MAC #4798 pulling the cars.

I'll leave you all with this photos of a southbound Amtrak Regional train on track #7 at Baltimore Penn Station with HHP-8 #651.

Anyway I hope you all have a happy holiday season and remember the 13th Mid-Winter trip is this upcoming Thursday 12/26.

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