The Mount Airy Rail Yard
Historic Downtown Mount Airy
This site was once the Mount Airy rail yard. Passenger trains stopped here to pick up and drop off passengers at the Mount Airy Station. Children from Watersville and other nearby communities would ride the train to attend school in Mount Airy. Freight trains stopped here to pick up milk from local farmers, canned vegetables packed at the Mount Airy Canning Company and milled grain from Runkles Mill, and later, the Mount Airy Milling Company.
Passenger service through Mount Airy ended December 31, 1949. The entire line through Mount Airy was abandoned by the B&O in 1959. Since then, the tracks have been removed and the area around the station paved for a parking lot.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars. In addition, it is included in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) 🚂 series list. A significant historical date for this entry is December 31, 1949.
Location. 39° 22.626′ N, 77° 9.26′ W. Marker is in Mount Airy, Maryland, in Frederick County. Marker
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Runkles Mill and The Mt. Airy Milling Company (here, next to this marker); The Mount Airy Station (a few steps from this marker); First National Bank Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Memorial (approx. half a mile away); All Wars Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Mount Airy (approx. half a mile away); Parrsville & Ridgeville (approx. 0.9 miles away); Poplar Springs (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mount Airy.
Also see . . .
1. History of Mount Airy, Maryland. Town webpage (Submitted on October 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Mount Airy Main Street Association. Association homepage (Submitted on October 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
1. Passenger Service Through Mount Airy
The rail line through Mount Airy was the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad’s “Old Main Line,” the original railroad line dating from 1831 built to connect Baltimore with the Midwest and one of the first railroad
A 1925 timetable shows four passenger trains in each direction stopping at Mount Airy every day. They all ran between Baltimore and Frederick, with two continuing on to Point of Rocks and one returning. However, there was plenty of service from Point of Rocks to Frederick: 7 trains in each direction.
Trains to and from Mount Airy did not hurry. In 1925 the 39½ mile trip from Baltimore’s Camden Station took almost two hours. Trains stopped at 18 other stations along the way. Frederick was only three stations away and that trip took 55 minutes. Trains from Baltimore stopped here at 9:10 and 10:20 a.m. and 3:10 and 7:18 p.m. The one train originating at Point of Rocks stopped at Mount Airy at 3:33 p.m. and the three originating in Frederick got to Mt. Airy at 5:35 a.m., 6:53 a.m. and 5:50 p.m.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 334 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 7, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.