The Patuxent Branch
— ICC Abandonment Filings —
|Baltimore & Ohio Railroad|
|Docket: 6731||2/8/1928||Section: 1|
|App. for certificate authorizing it to abandon a part of its Patuxent Branch extending from a point west of Savage to Guilford, Maryland, a distance of 2.5. miles.|
|Length: 2.500 miles||Citation: 138 ICC 327|
— Links to Other Websites —
— User Comments —
I once lived within a longish bicycle ride of Savage Mill, back shortly after the mill & that Bollman bridge was restored in the 1980's.
Unfortunately, I'd not heard of it then, & hadn't as of that time taken up this hobby. I first learned of the bridge from a book on industrial archaeology I'd picked up many years since!
As the Wikipedia article states, the bridge's preservation over a century after similar bridges had long been scrapped, was due to its 2nd life accessing the dead-end spur at Savage Mill, where it was never necessary for heavy post-Civil War locomotives to cross it in order to insert & remove cars. A few empty freight cars could be used to reach the points where rolling stock needed to be spotted or picked up, with the locomotive remaining across the bridge.
They could add the old steel bridge at Old Guilford Road, and the bridge supports at the end of the Savage Mill Trail that carried the Patuxent Branch RR.
To be clear, there are not actual abandoned tracks here. At least none that I could find.
Some rails survive in less-obvious spots, such as shown at
You can learn a little more about this area we call "between the bridges" - https://www.facebook.com/groups/FriendsGuilfordHistory/
https://sites.google.com/view/guilfordhistoryhoco (a work in progress)
There was also a siding the went on the south side of the river at Guilford for the Howard Granite Company. The extension from Savage to Guilford was done in 1902.
Back in my B&O days, we spotted the propane dealer on this spur, just short of the US1 crossing (which hadn't been used in years). I haven't looked in a long time, but there was a short truss bridge still in place where this old line crossed Patuxent River near the quarry at Guilford; it carried a local roadway.
Look at the map on this thread. Note where the Patuxent Branch ends, off of Guilford Rd. and west of I95. Look directly across MD32 at the dashed line in the greenery...that's the end of the abandoned Columbia Branch from Jessup Yard. Follow it on the map all the way to that yard.
Built in the 1960's, it had a lot of industrial park business that faded away, and the line was closed in the mid '80's.