B&O crossing the PENNSY
Canton/East Baltimore MD



These signals protected a long gone diamond between the PRR and the B&O in Canton, Baltimore MD, leftover from the days when the B&O used a car float to get passenger trains into downtown Baltimore, way before they had their northern route into Camden Station via Mt Royal and the Howard St Tunnel.  The diamond and semaphores were removed sometime in the 1970's - I guess I was lucky to catch what was left!  The clear board in the bottom photo is for the Pennsy, and the stop signal in the top photo is an indication for the B&O coming out of the docks.

Unfortunately, these are the only two pictures I have of them.  Since I'm over 50, and suffer from CRS, I'm not sure, but I'm guessing there were two more for the opposing directions.  According to Michael Watnoski, who grew up in the area and was around here all the time (lucky him), there was a small shed on the north-east corner of the diamond (my side of the single track, and to the left in the bottom picture), where there were four levers for actuating the signals - one for each of the upper semaphores. 

All that remains today, is the mast and ladder for the signal in the upper picture. 

The single B&O track was removed, and is now a siding off the far right track of the lower picture.  The yard that my back faces in the upper picture, used to be where the Royal Blue was staged in the old, old days before the run around track (current main line) was put in, and they car floated the trains across the harbor to and from Camden station for the trip north to New York.

This area of Baltimore is on MAP 10 of the Baltimore Railfan Guide.



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