Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Crossings, Potomac River railroad bridges between Maryland Heights, Maryland and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA.
The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Crossings are a set of railroad bridges (on the National Register of Historic Places) that span the Potomac River between Maryland Heights, Maryland and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA. Two bridges comprise the current crossing. The older bridge (shown), a steel Pratt truss and plate girder bridge dating to 1894, carrying the B&O Valley line toward Winchester, Virginia along the Shenandoah River. A tunnel was built at the same time as the 1894 bridge to carry the tracks through Maryland Heights and to eliminate a sharp curve. The western end of the tunnel was widened in conjunction with the construction of the second bridge to allow the broadest possible curve across the river. Just downstream of the 1894 bridge, almost at the confluence of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers, are the ruins of two previous bridges on the same alignment. The newer of the bridges was a Bollman truss bridge that carried rail and highway traffic from 1870 until 1936, when it was swept away by a flood. As of 2008, Amtrak, the US national passenger rail system, provides service to Harpers Ferry twice a day (once in each direction). It is also served by the MARC commuter rail service, on its Brunswick line. The city's passenger rail station is located at the West Virginia end of the historic railroad bridge across the Potomac River. In addition about forty or fifty CSX freight trains daily pass through Harpers Ferry and over the bridge. Panorama stitched from 3 overlapping photos.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download