Aberdeen station (Baltimore and Ohio Railroad)

Coordinates: 39°30′40″N 76°10′11″W / 39.511203°N 76.16983°W / 39.511203; -76.16983
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Former B&O station
Aberdeen Station, main building (20983588453).jpg
Aberdeen station in 2011.
General information
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; -76.16983
Owned byTrack: CSX Transportation
Line(s)Philadelphia Branch
Tracks1 (formerly 2)
Structure typeat-grade
Closed1955 or 1958
Former services
Preceding station Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Following station
Baltimore Mount Royal
toward Chicago
Main Line Philadelphia
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 designed some 40 stations for the B&O in Delaware, Maryland, and 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 few stations Frank Furness designed that is still standing.[3] The same plan was used to build the B&O's Cowenton station, which was demolished.


The first B&O service to Aberdeen used the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad (PW&B) between Baltimore and New York City, now a part 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.


  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. Archived from the original on December 15, 2015. Retrieved November 28, 2011.
  3. ^ Aberdeen, MD. The Great American Stations. Retrieved December 27, 2011