Aberdeen station (Baltimore and Ohio Railroad)

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Aberdeen
Former B&O station
Aberdeen B&O Station.jpg
Aberdeen Station in 2011.
Location408 West Bel Air Avenue (MD 132)
Aberdeen, Maryland
Coordinates39°30′40″N 76°10′11″W / 39.511203°N 76.16983°W / 39.511203; -76.16983Coordinates: 39°30′40″N 76°10′11″W / 39.511203°N 76.16983°W / 39.511203; -76.16983
Owned byTrack: CSX Transportation
Line(s)Philadelphia Branch
Tracks1 (formerly 2)
Construction
Structure typeat-grade
Parkingyes
History
Opened1885
Closed1955 or 1958
Former services
Preceding station Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Following station
Mount Royal
toward Chicago
Main Line Wilmington Water Street
Stepney
toward Chicago
Swan Creek

Aberdeen Station is a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) station in Aberdeen, Maryland. The station was designed by architect Frank Furness, who also designed some B&O stations in Pennsylvania.[1] The station has deteriorated in condition mightily since B&O ended service in 1955, and was almost torn down in 2003. An eleventh hour agreement was made by CSX and the Historical Society of Harford County to save the building. The Station was transferred from the Historical Society of Harford County to the Aberdeen Historical Museum in 2016. [2]

Station house[edit]

Aberdeen Station was built in a Queen Anne style of architecture.[2] It is located on the west side of the single tracked (formerly double tracked) CSX Philadelphia Subdivision, and south of Bel Air Avenue (Maryland Route 132). The building is one-and-a-half stories tall, and was described as the type of station where the agent would live above the waiting room.[1] The building is also the last wooden station remaining on the BaltimorePhiladelphia line,[1] and one of the only stations Frank Furness designed that is still standing.[3]

History[edit]

The first B&O service to Aberdeen used the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad (PW&B) between Baltimore and New York City, now apart of Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Rival Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) began using the PW&B after opening its line between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. This caused a power struggle between the B&O and the PRR.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tim Tamburino, Anne Bruder (September 9, 2002). "Determination of Eligibility Form". Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved November 27, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Frederick N. Rasmussen (March 7, 2010). "New life for old Aberdeen train station". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved November 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Aberdeen, MD. The Great American Stations. Retrieved December 27, 2011