Point of Rocks station

Coordinates: 39°16′24.7″N 77°32′00″W / 39.273528°N 77.53333°W / 39.273528; -77.53333
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Point of Rocks
MARC Commuter rail station
Amtrak's Capitol Limited passing through the Point of Rocks station.
General information
Location4000 Clay Street, Point of Rocks, Maryland[1]
Coordinates39°16′24.7″N 77°32′00″W / 39.273528°N 77.53333°W / 39.273528; -77.53333
Line(s)Metropolitan Subdivision
Platforms2 side platforms
OpenedMay 1, 1873 (ceremonial opening)[3]
May 25, 1873 (regular passenger service)[3][4]
November 2022146 (daily)[5] (MARC)
Preceding station MARC Following station
towards Martinsburg
Brunswick Line Dickerson
Former services
Preceding station Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Following station
toward Chicago
Main Line Dickerson
toward Chicago
Terminus Old Main Line Adamstown
Point of Rocks Railroad Station
Point of Rocks station is located in Maryland
Point of Rocks station
Point of Rocks station is located in the United States
Point of Rocks station
LocationOff of U.S. 15
Point of Rocks, Maryland
Coordinates39°16′24.7″N 77°32′00″W / 39.273528°N 77.53333°W / 39.273528; -77.53333
Area4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built1875 (1875)
ArchitectE. Francis Baldwin
Architectural styleGothic
NRHP reference No.73000918[6]
Added to NRHPApril 11, 1973

Point of Rocks is a historic passenger rail station on the MARC Brunswick Line between Washington, D.C., and Martinsburg, WV, located at Point of Rocks, Frederick County, Maryland, United States.[7] The station was built by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1873, and designed by E. Francis Baldwin. It is situated at the junction of the B&O Old Main Line (running to Baltimore) and the Metropolitan Branch (running to Washington, D.C.). The Met Branch also opened in 1873 and became the principal route for passenger trains between Baltimore, Washington and points west.

The main station building is a 2+12-story, triangular Gothic Revival with a four-story tower and a 1+12-story wing at the base. The tower has a pyramidal roof containing a dormer on each side. On top is a square cupola supporting a pyramidal peaked roof.[8]

The station building itself is not open to the public and is used by CSX as storage and offices for maintenance of way crews. In 2008, new platforms and platform shelters were built for MARC commuters traveling east towards Washington DC, replacing older bus shelter–style structures which were erected in the mid-1990s.

During the blizzard of 2010, the south side awning on the main building collapsed under the weight of record snow fall, and was later removed, leaving half the building missing cover. In January 2011, work to rebuild the destroyed part of the structure began.

The Point of Rocks Railroad Station was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973,[6] and reopened for the Maryland Rail Commuter Service, now called MARC, which established the Brunswick Line.

The Duke Energy Holiday Trains display at the Cincinnati Museum Center features a station modeled on Point of Rocks.

In 2023, the station will be featured on a USPS Forever stamp in a 5-stamp "Railroad Stations" series. The stamp illustrations were made by Down the Street Designs, and Derry Noyes served as the art director.[9]

Station layout[edit]

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

Platform level
Street level Exit/entrance, station house, parking
Side platform
Outbound      Brunswick Line toward Martinsburg (Brunswick)
     Capitol Limited does not stop here
Inbound      Capitol Limited does not stop here →
     Brunswick Line toward Union Station (Dickerson)
Side platform


  1. ^ "MARC Station Information". MTA Maryland. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "MARC Station Information". Maryland Transit Administration. Retrieved 2021-01-30.
  3. ^ a b "Metropolitan Branch Railroad". The Baltimore Sun. May 1, 1873. p. 1. Retrieved July 17, 2023 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ "Metropolitan Branch Railroad". The Baltimore Sun. November 18, 1873. p. 1. Retrieved July 17, 2023 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ "MARC Brunswick Line Technical Report" (PDF). Maryland Transit Administration. Retrieved 2023-02-19.
  6. ^ a b "National Register Information System – (#73000918)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ MARC station list (includes Point of Rocks) Archived 2010-01-31 at the Wayback Machine MARC official website
  8. ^ Arthur Townsend (June 1972). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Point of Rocks Railroad Station" (PDF). Maryland Historical Trust. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
  9. ^ "U.S. Postal Service Reveals Stamps for 2023". United States Postal Service. October 24, 2022. Retrieved October 26, 2022.

External links[edit]

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