(Part 2 of 7) Weekend Railfanning 24: The Crescent Corridor – CSX (Jamison) Yard: Hagerstown, Md.

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From the parking lot museum you get a look at the Hagerstown Yard engine tracks where I found two Mother/slug sets including one slug re-fashioned from an old EMD GP30.

 

The down side is that there are many obstructions between you and the locomotives so an alternative is to go under the yard bridge and to the “other” side of the tracks…. Literally! From Elizabeth Street (and shooting through the fence!) you can get an unobstructed view of the locomotive tracks and locomotives.

 

From Vardo you take a short drive north and MD 632 runs into State Route 11. Following it north for a mile or two you duck under the northern end of CSX’s Hagerstown Yard. Hagerstown Yard is the former Jamison Yard of the Western Maryland. Like Vardo, Hagerstown is a small yard but unlike Vardo there was some switching action taking place today.

Also at this point you get a 3 for 1 deal…. The obvious is the CSX yard which, although largely obscured by trees and other obstructions, is still interesting to watch when there’s freight cars being shuffled around. Such was the case when we arrived as SD50 #8628 and C40-8W #7319 were making switching moves back and forth.

The “other” bonus you get is the wye and the Western Maryland Roundhouse Museum all in one package!… As I pointed out before, Hagerstown Yard is squarely in old “Wild Mary” territory and the Roundhouse Museum located right next door hosts some cool vintage equipment out front including a few cabooses and a super rare Baldwin DS-5 diesel locomotive!…

I’ve done research and cannot find that particular model listed on any roster but DS-5 is what it says on the locomotive so I’m still trying!

The museum was closed when we were there but I’ll be back to check out what it has to offer.

And across the street from both the museum and the yard offices is the “Railroad Junction Family Restaurant.” It too was closed at the time but I can’t help but wonder what it’s like on the inside. Probably lots of railroad memorabilia and artifacts to look at…. I’ll be back here at some point, too!

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The Western Maryland Roundhouse Museum sits right on the wye and directly next door to the CSX Hagerstown Yard and features some vintage cabooses as well as a genuine Baldwin DS-5 diesel locomotive.

 

As we left Hagerstown we came across an unexpected surprise…. A trio of locomotives (two NS bracketed by a CSX) were coming into H-Town off of the NS from the north with 3 double-stack cars and onto a short stretch of track that serves both roads. I speculate that this super-short manifest came from the Franklin County Intermodal Center in Greencastle, Pa.. Exactly where we’re headed next!…

This 3-car NS train is riding on a short stretch of track that serves both NS and CSX which means that this train could be going to either railroad’s yard.

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Guide To Understanding Norfolk Southern Train Symbols:
Train Number Series Extra Series Symbol Train Description
000-099 R Special Trains
100-199 M Merchandise Trains
200-299 I Intermodal Trains
300-399 W Merchandise Trains
400-499 X Bulk Commodities
500-599 Y Bulk Commodities
600-699 Z Bulk Commodities
700-799 Q Coal Trains
800-899 S Coal Trains
900-999 O Miscellaneous or Work Trains

 

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Author:Railfan AC

AC is a U.S. Air Force Veteran, a long haul trucker, a transportation enthusiast and a lifelong lover of trains. AC's mission is to travel America documenting American railroading in the 21st century while educating those who want to know about the importance the railroads play in our daily lives including, but not limited to, the movement of goods, services and more.

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