A Dusty Meet along the Old Main - No.1
On this inviting, warm May afternoon, a westbound CSX freight kicks up a cloud of
rock-dust as it passes a waiting eastbound train along the Old Main Line at Gun Road.
The historic "Old Main" was built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad through the Patapsco Valley, connecting Relay, just outside Baltimore, with Point of Rocks.(*) It is single track with the exception of passing sidings, allowing trains heading in the opposite direction to operate. While local passenger trains of the B&O once meandered along this scenic route, the line now sees only freight trains (although a short stretch of it is used by Washington to Frederick, Maryland trains of the MARC commuter rail system).
Once the westbound freight has passed, the eastbound train
will come "out of the hole" and proceed in the direction of Baltimore.
©2017 Steve Ember