Boyds station

Coordinates: 39°11′03.2″N 77°18′51.2″W / 39.184222°N 77.314222°W / 39.184222; -77.314222
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MARC commuter rail station
The station at Boyds, as seen from the parking lot in July 2012.
General information
Location15031 Clopper Road, Boyds, Maryland[1]
Coordinates39°11′03.2″N 77°18′51.2″W / 39.184222°N 77.314222°W / 39.184222; -77.314222
Line(s)Metropolitan Subdivision
Platforms2 side platforms
Bicycle facilitiesYes
OpenedMay 1, 1873 (ceremonial opening)[3]
May 25, 1873 (regular passenger service)[3][4]
Key dates
19281887 station depot razed[5]
November 20229 (daily)[6] (MARC)
Preceding station MARC Following station
Barnesville Brunswick Line Germantown
Former services
Preceding station Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Following station
toward Chicago
Main Line Germantown
Buck Lodge
toward Chicago

Boyds is an active commuter railroad train station in Boyds, Montgomery County, Maryland. Located on Clopper Road west of the junction with Maryland Routes 117 and 121, the station services trains of MARC's Brunswick Line between Union Station in Washington, D.C. and Martinsburg, West Virginia, along with some trains to Frederick, Maryland. Trains for Amtrak's Capitol Limited bypass the station. The next station west is Barnesville and the next one east is Germantown. Boyds station consists of two low-level side platforms and a single three-sided glass shelter, along with a small parking lot. Boyds station includes a 1931-built pedestrian tunnel originally built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.[7]

Boyds station began operations with the opening of the Metropolitan Branch Railroad on May 25, 1873. The station was named after James A. Boyd, a wealthy contractor who helped build the new railroad through the area.[3][4] Ephraim Francis Baldwin, the architect for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, designed a brick combination station at Boyds the railroad built in 1887. This structure lasted until 1928.[5]

Station layout[edit]

The station is not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, lacking raised platforms for level boarding.

G Side platform
Outbound      Brunswick Line toward Martinsburg or Frederick (Barnesville)
     Capitol Limited does not stop here
Inbound      Capitol Limited does not stop here →
     Brunswick Line toward Union Station (Germantown)
Side platform
Ground level Exit/entrance and parking


  1. ^ "MARC Station Information". MTA Maryland. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "MARC Station Information". Maryland Transit Administration. Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  3. ^ a b c "Metropolitan Branch Railroad". The Baltimore Sun. May 1, 1873. p. 1. Retrieved July 17, 2023 – via open access
  4. ^ a b "Metropolitan Branch Railroad". The Baltimore Sun. November 18, 1873. p. 1. Retrieved July 17, 2023 – via open access
  5. ^ a b c Tamburrino, Tim (January 2000). Maryland Historical Trust NR-Eligiblity Review Form - Metropolitan Branch, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (PDF). KCI Technologies, Inc. (Report). Maryland Historical Trust. p. 7. Retrieved July 18, 2023.
  6. ^ "MARC Brunswick Line Technical Report" (PDF). Maryland Transit Administration. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  7. ^ Flickr Photo by John Mueller

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