Severna Park in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad
WWII was a lucrative time for the railroad, but following the war automobiles became an attractive travel option and service was replaced by buses after 1950. Service continued on the line only as a diesel powered freight service. During the 1970's, rail operations were truncated to the town of Glen Burnie, a six-mile remnant of the once-vital artery that linked Baltimore and Annapolis. Finally, in 1979, the entire right of way was purchased by Anne Arundel County, marking the end of the line's railroad career.
Prior to the introduction of rail service, the Eastern shore of the Severn River was largely disconnected and inhabited primarily by rural farmers
Residential growth along the new line between Annapolis and Baltimore increased at a rapid rate. New towns and communities emerged from once wooded and pastured lands. To support these new residents, businesses entered the region. The railroad delivered goods to them through its freight service.
[text with picture on left] Jones Station during the B&A electric operation. Notice the existing track beside the trail still stands today.
[text with picture in middle] Officials of the A&B Short Line standing in front of a Jewett electric motor in 1919.
[text with picture on right] Aerial photo of suburban development along the line in 1947.
[text with picture at bottom] Modern photo of a diesel locomotive that once served on the B&A Railroad.
Erected by Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Railroads & Streetcars.
Location. 39° 3.402′ N, 76° 31.765′ W. Marker is in Severna Park, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is at the intersection of Baltimore and Annapolis Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Severna Park MD 21146, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Annapolis (approx. ¼ mile away); Earleigh Heights Store (approx. 3½ miles away); Iglehart (approx. 3.8 miles away); Belvoir (approx. 3.9 miles away); St. John Neumann, C.Ss.R. (approx. 4.1 miles away); Sawmill (approx. 4.1 miles away); Kinder Farm Ice House (approx. 4.1 miles away); Tobacco Barn (approx. 4.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2014, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 375 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 5, 2014, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.