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August 28th, 2007
Tuesday morning we woke up at our hotel in Hagerstown and, determined not to duplicate the previous day's failure to get anything went to what seemed like a safe shortline to catch something. We travelled across the mountains on secondary highways to Union Bridge, the home of the Maryland Midland, and found the yard inaccessible with no sign of life. After a few minutes driving around we were pleasantly surprised to see serviceable tracks up a street to a local industry, and upon cursory inspection found a locomotive switching inside. Overjoyed, we travelled back down the hill and set up to wait for the train to come out of the industry and head back to its yard. Within minutes, the lone GP9 popped out of the facility... and backed back into it. After two hours of playing hide-and-seek with a train that had no obvious intention of leaving and with no decent shots we headed back south, following the Maryland Midland tracks southward. We periodically checked backroad crossings to see the state of the tracks in a vain attempt to get ahead of any train that may have been running and were baffled to find the tracks grown in and abandoned one crossing after finding them shiny. We determined that the line ended in a gravel pit and was abandoned beyond it. Somewhere on this exploration our scanner antenna disappeared from its mounting on our roof, although curiously our scanner continues to function reasonably well without anything but the base. From there we went on to the Brunswick MARC station and sat there with a friend from the area we had travelled there to meet until it was time to go toward Washington, DC for dinner.
Union Bridge, Maryland
Union Bridge is the home of the Maryland Midland railway, some ways north of Fredericksburg. There is active street running in this town (mostly at night), however locals say this street running will be goon in the near future.
A Maryland and Midland GP9 teases us at the top of some street running for a couple of hours before we run out of time and push on.
Brunswick is a large CSX yard at the end of the MARC Brunswick line out of Washington, DC to the north-west.
A CSX rack train heads west out of Brunswick as a manifest train enters the yard on the other side of the parking lot.
A MARC train pulls to a stop at Brunswick station, reversing back toward DC and allowing a freight train to finally leave Brunswick as yet another freight leaves from the other side of the lot.
CSXT 7509 leads a westbound out of Brunswick.
A MARC train performs its station stop at the end of the Brunswick line.
The Amtrak Capitol Limited darts through Brunswick MARC station.
Garrett Park, Maryland
Just outside the beltway, Garrett Park holds the CSX (and MARC) Brunswick line into Washington, DC
A MARC train heads out of town on the Brunswick line.