Engle to Bakerton

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This view shows the former Baltimore & Ohio right of way, facing south from Carter Avenue in Bakerton. The small sign at right is for a private security company; there are no "railroad" signs left along the route. Photo by Mike Palmer, August 2003.

This branch diverted north from the Baltimore & Ohio mainline just a few miles west of Harpers Ferry, at a settlement called Engle. There is a local road called Engle Switch Road that passes the location, but all the rails and ties from the branch have been removed.

The branch went a few miles through an area that was once agricultural but is now being slowly converted to neighborhoods. Some sections of the right-of-way in Bakerton are used as a private alley or utility access road.

Most of the route travels through private property. Judging by the condition of the right-of-way it was abandoned no later than the 1970s.

Thanks to Mike Palmer for contributing information about this route.

Historic ICC Abandonment Filings

BALTIMORE & OHIO RAILROAD
Docket Number: 23349 Date: 10/23/1964 Section: 1(18)
Applic. for auth. to aband. its Baker Branch extending from point of connection with the main line at Station 0+00, near the Village of Engle, to the northerly end of the Branch at Sta. 139+28.4, near the Village of Bakerton, a distance of approx. 2.64 mi., all in Jefferson County, W. Va.
Length: 2.64 miles Citation:  

Line was taken up 1961/62, this served the standard lime quarry that closed in 1959/60

john
harpers fy wv, WV
1/18/2013

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