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   Following station
Main Line
toward Communipaw
toward Communipaw

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.[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