The Baltimore and Annapolis Railroad
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Line is abandoned south from Baltimore City to Linthicum where it splits from the WB&A mainline and continued to Annapolis via swing bridge across Severn River. Baltimore Light Rail follows alignment south out of Baltimore to Cromwell Glen Burnie. Remainder has become B&A Rail Trail. AKA Annapolis Short Line (ASL) North Shore Line of the WB&A.
Back when the Baltimore Beltway was being constructed around the southern end of the city in the later 1950s, the highway crossed the B&A and parallel MD170 (Camp Meade Rd.) at grade. The reasons were: avoiding the expense of bridging a valley where the RR and state highway ran, the expectation that the RR would be abandoned shortly after the highway opened, and the state road would be closed with traffic diverted to other roads. Well, the RR surprised everyone by hanging on due to traffic increases in the Ferndale area. It's now a light rail line. The road closing was also protested and cancelled. In the end, the bridge was built anyway in the 1960s to eliminate the RR and state road grade crossings. I remember strings of boxcars filled with newsprint sitting on the B&A/B&O interchange tracks at Baltimore Highlands. Mostly CN, CV, and BAR roadnames on the cars since they originated at paper mills up north. For many years the B&A did a brisk business with the Ferndale printing plant. It kept the line going until the light rail took over the ROW.
I recently saw a picture of a train on King George St., 200 block, midshipmen disembarking. If the train line ran down King George St. to the old ferry dock, how did those tracks exit or connect to other lines? They couldn't have made a 180 degree turn at College Ave. so where did they go? Was there another trestle bridge beside the one that used to be right next the current Rowe Blvd. bridge across College Creek?
Bill - King George Street was part of a loop that included College Avenue, Randall Street, and Main Street. And, yes, there was another trestle across College Creek as well. These routes of the ASL, WB&A, and B&A are illustrated at http://www.trainweb.org/oldmainline/wasaer2.htm