Philadelphia Subdivision

Coordinates: 39°54′10.2″N 75°8′24.1″W / 39.902833°N 75.140028°W / 39.902833; -75.140028

The Philadelphia Subdivision is a railroad line owned and operated by CSX Transportation in the U.S. states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. The line runs from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, southwest to Baltimore, Maryland, along a former Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (B&O) line.[1]

Philadelphia Subdivision
Overview
TypeFreight rail
SystemCSX Transportation
StatusOperational
LocalePennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland
TerminiPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
Baltimore, Maryland
Operation
OwnerCSX Transportation
Operator(s)CSX Transportation
Technical
Number of tracks1-2
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Route map

MP
0.0
Park Junction
Harrisburg Line, Trenton Sub
PA 3 (JFK Blvd.)
3.3
Chester
Wilmington
28.5
30.7
Perryville
57.7
Havre de Grace
Aberdeen
90.3
The CSX Susquehanna River Bridge, built between 1907 and 1910 near Perryville, Maryland.

At its north end CP NICE, near the Nicetown section of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Subdivision becomes the Trenton Subdivision; The south end of the Philadelphia Subdivision is near Bay View Yard, where the Baltimore Terminal Subdivision begins.[2] [3]

HistoryEdit

The line was built by the Baltimore and Philadelphia Railroad in Pennsylvania and as a branch of the B&O Railroad in Delaware and Maryland. The line began full operation in 1886.[4] North of Philadelphia, the B&O used the lines of the Philadelphia and Reading Railway to reach the New York City area. Passenger train service on the Philadelphia Subdivision was led by the Royal Blue, its flagship train. The B&O ceased operation of passenger trains on the subdivision in 1958, and since then the line has been used only for freight trains.

In the 1970s and 80s the line passed through leases and mergers to CSX.

Communities such as Aberdeen, Maryland are making an effort to preserve the former Baltimore and Ohio railroad stations.

 
A former B&O Railroad station in Aberdeen, Maryland.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Herbert H. Harwood, Jr., Royal Blue Line. Sykesville, Md.: Greenberg Publishing, 1990 (ISBN 0-89778-155-4).