Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Railfanning 11/20/2014

Hi, For our third day of railfanning Dale and I returned to the Maryland Midland as we had learned there would be stone train leaving Union Bridge at about 8:00 AM.

The power for the stone train ran light to Woodsboro, MD where it would pick up its loaded cars from a quarry and head to the Congoleum plant in Finksburg, MD.  The crew departed Union Bridge a few minutes after 8:00 AM.  Our first location was Middleburg, MD, a few miles west of Union Bridge.

A pond off Baker Road, just north of New Midway, MD, provided our next photo opportunity (above and two below). This is on the former Pennsy line between York, PA and Frederick, MD and was part of the original Maryland Midland.

We watched the train pick up loads at Woodsboro and then moved to the trestle at Keymar, MD just just before the train left the quarry.

Again we stopped at Middlebug for photos (above and below).

The train halted just west of the Depot in Union Bridge giving us a chance for another photo.

We then headed east passing the east end of the wye with the track leading up to the cement plant (above and below),

a farm on the east side of New Windsor, MD (above and and two below) and

Westminster, MD before

arriving at Finksburg, MD.

While the crew switched the Congoleum plant we waited at Carrollton, MD. 

Unbeknownst to us the crew picked up a large number of empty covered hoppers in Westminster so we waited almost an hour at the farm east of New Windsor.

The crew dropped some of the covered hoppers at a siding at the wye east of Union Bridge and

the remainder in the yard at Union Bridge.

We left Union Bridge a few minutes ahead of the train and set up for it on the connection between the former Western Maryland mainline and the former PRR branch down to Frederick.

For our final shot we returned to the pond at New Midway.  Thanks for looking.

1 comment:

Steve Boyko said...

Great work documenting this train. I really liked how you used the foreground elements like the ponds and farm equipment in your photos. They really add interest and variety.