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Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad Marble Track Bed
 
Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad Marble Track Bed Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, December 22, 2007
1. Baltimore and Susquehanna Railroad Marble Track Bed Marker
 
Inscription. Marble blocks from Cockeysville area quarries were used in 1836 to bed the track fro this section of the Baltimore and Susquehanna. One of the nation's earliest commercial railroads. Revealed during construction of the MTA Light Rail, the marble track bed represents an early British experimental railroad technology that was only briefly used in the U. S. The B&S RR opened a corridor between central Pennsylvania and Baltimore, strategically drawing commerce away from Philadelphia. Rail transport helped make Cockeysville marble one of Baltimore County's most important 19th century industrial products.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Trust Maryland Transit Administration.
 
Location. 39° 26.936′ N, 76° 38.144′ W. Marker is in Timonium, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker can be reached from Deereco Road/Greenspring Road. Click for map. Marker is at the north end of the Timonium Light Rail Station. Marker is in this post office area: Lutherville Timonium MD 21093, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jones Falls Watershed (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Third and Last County Almshouse (approx. 0.9 miles away); Lutherville Historic District (approx. 1.8 miles away); Northampton Furnace (approx. 2.1 miles away); “The Valley of Jehosophat” (approx. 2.3 miles away); Brooklandwood Plantation (approx. 2.4 miles away); Saters Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); a different marker also named Saterís Church (approx. 2.9 miles away).
 
Second marker at station with more detailed explanation. Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, December 22, 2007
2. Second marker at station with more detailed explanation.
Baltimore & Susquehanna Railroad Marble Track Bed Tucked safely beneath the MTA Light Rail tracks sits a line of undisturbed marble track bed. This is one of the two oldest extant segments of the Baltimore & Susquehanna (B&S) Railroad Line, which stretched north from Baltimore into Pennsylvania's Susquehanna Valley. Completed in 1832, the original B&S rail line between Baltimore City and Timonium was built with wood ties supporting the rails. By the time the railroad resumed construction north of Timonium in 1835, the original wood had deteriorated leading the company to find an alternative construction material. Using marble from nearby Cockeysville Quarry the B&S line adopted Great Britian's process of laying a stone foundation for the track, to complete the railroad bed in what is now known as the Padonia Road Section of the line. Due to excessive time, labor cost and climatic changes affecting rail stability, stone track bedding proved a financial and operational disaster. Thus stone track bed construction quickly fell out of favor, and railroad companies reverted back to wooden crossties. Today, the B&S marble track bed remains virtually undisturbed as an example of the experimentation and primitive technologies common in the early days of railroad construction in the United States. The nineteenth century marble track bed is a reminder of the steadfast popularity and utility of public transportation throughout the history of the United States.
 

 
Also see . . .  Northern Central Railway - wikipedia entry. (Submitted on December 22, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Light Rail train heading south to Baltimore City. Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, December 22, 2007
3. Light Rail train heading south to Baltimore City.
 
 
Light Rail train heading north to Hunt Valley, MD Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, December 22, 2007
4. Light Rail train heading north to Hunt Valley, MD
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on December 22, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,212 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 22, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.
 
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