In General
the Last Hurrah


In General

Location / Name:
Baltimore City, NO County - Baltimore is not part of any surrounding county

What's Here:
Bailey's Wye
MARC Camden Station - just north of the wye
CSX Howard Street Tunnel - just north of the wye
CSX Riverside Yard - east of the wye
CSX's Washington Sub-Division to the west, going down to Washington DC and Virginia

GPS Coordinates: 39.275274, -76.622361
Phone A/C: 410
ZIP: 21230

Access by train/transit:
Light Rail Hamburg Street station just north of here, ~1700 feet
MARC Camden station 3/5 mile north

The Scoop:

Well, this page is JUST FOR Bailey's Wye -- the wye area is also covered on the MAP 12 page for Baltimore.

The Bailey's Wye area in downtown Baltimore is still one of the more active railfan locations around -- the wye used to be one of the hotspots for railfans to congregate for pictures, but now that CSX has placed a fence along Stockholm St, good pictures are almost impossible to get except at the crossings.  Almost everything CSX coming in or out of Baltimore goes through here.  Exceptions are trains headed to the Curtis Bay area coming from the south side, and trains in and out of the Canton/Penn-Mary area and heading north.

What do you see here?  You see the Camden Line MARC trains, which run all day, but not as plentiful as the Penn Line.  You see thru trains going through the Howard Street Tunnel, going to Bayview Yard, Wilmington DE, Philadelphia PA, and farther north into NY, NJ, and MA.  And you see both freight and MARC trains heading over to Riverside Yard, where there is a small maintenance facility/shop and yard.

The wye is important enough that I made a separate detail map, especially since it WAS filled with CPL's (they were replaced in 2014).  For signal fans, this wye is now all standard "Darth Vader" style color lights.

The southern portal of the Howard Street Tunnel is on this map, between Camden Station and Bailey's Wye.  The tunnel was extended several hundred feet in the late 80's, prior to when the light rail system was built.

Parking is not usually an issue unless there is a game going on at one of the two stadiums, so check the Oriole and Ravens schedule before heading down here for pictures.  The flaggers get pretty anal about letting people thru here at game time!

Denver Todd
Jim Kleeman

Websites and other additional information sources of interest for the area: Baltimore Guide Map 12, the larger area around Bailey's Wye

In General


The map above is in PDF format here

The map below is from approximately 1877, when they had a roundhouse in the middle of Baliley's Wye.
Back then, it was almost all street running, anyone have a time machine? :-)


The light rail going over Baileys Wye before the fence went up.

MARC turnaround leaving for DC around 6pm in 2014, before the CPL replacement.

Coming into Baltimore from DC, passing under the CPL's at Ridgely St (also in the photo above).

Shot from the wye, a freight is backing up into Riverside, and is approaching Leadenhall St.

the CPL Signals of Bailey's Wye
A Historic Tour

I'm going to use map coordinates for east, west, and north instead of the traditional B&O directions for EB and WB, so signals 1 and 2 are on the west side, 5 and 6 are on the north side, and 7 and 8 are on the east side of the wye.  Remember before you make the trip to Bailey's wye: the CPL signals are now gone.  I will have to go down and get pictures of the colorlights one of these days....

Pictures taken by Michael Watnoski are so noted with an "MW".

The map above is in PDF format here

  EB Wye approach at Ridgely St, west of the wye

A signal bridge with three CPL's, for EB traffic headed to Riverside (right signal), Camden (left signal), or through the tunnel (middle signal).
Additional photos can be found on my CPL page here.

Shot from the far side of Warner Street at the Wye.

  WB MARC control at Ridgely St, west side of the wye

These two dwarf CPL's are probably the favorite of most signal fans, and were easy to access being right off Warner St.  They controlled movements out of Camden Station heading west (or south if you prefer) to DC.




    MW  MW 

  WB Riverside control along Stockholm St, south leg of the wye

A high CPL controlling movements out of Riverside for trains wishing to head west towards DC.


    Looking towards the signal from Warner Street.

    A passing Light Rail train, and the view from here looking towards Riverside.

  EB/NB CSX traffic into the tunnel, north side of the wye, west leg

A high CPL for EB traffic heading towards Philly.



  WB CSX traffic, on north side of the wye

Seems like an odd place to place a high signal, after the split on the northside of the wye... for WB trains headed towards DC after coming out of the Howard St Tunnel.


  EB Riverside control on the north side of the wye

A CPL dwarf on the east leg of the wye, for EB movements coming out of Riverside and heading east to Wilmington and Philadelphia joining up with the main line.


  EB Riverside control along Stockholm St, east side of the wye

These two CPL dwarfs control movements from the wye converging into the single track leading to Riverside.

  Leadenhall St

A high and dwarf CPL controlling movements into the single track leading to the wye, for trains coming out of Riverside.

Shot from Leadenhall St, a local makes its way back to Riverside as a mainline freight heads towards the Howard St Tunnel to head north, er, east :-)

Last Hurrah

Time ran out for these CPL's at Bailey's wye in 2014.  These pictures were taken Thursday night, 27FEB2014.

I normally go home from work going around the Baltimore Beltway from roughly the BWI Airport area, to Towson,
Being the end of rush hour, the Beltway was backed up (as usual :-), so I went thru town to get home. 
Since I pass close to here when doing so, I decided to check on the changeover.
I wasn't really prepared to take pictures, as I didn't have a tripod, so these are all handheld against things like light poles and RR ties (and its 24 degrees out!)

Historical USGS Maps

These maps come from the University of Texas Library at:

Below, Baltimore quadrangle in 1902.
We can now see the Western Maryland coming into town, going to Port Covington.
A lot of growth has taken place in four years!


None for now.

2006-0311, 2006-0312MW, 2005-0828a, 2005-0809, 2008-0703, 2013-1003sigs, 2013-0929sunil, 2014-0227


I love trains, and I love signals.  I am not an expert.  My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page.  This is something I have fun with while trying to help others.

Please Note:  Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.  For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.

If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct.  Once in a while, an error may creep in :-)

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Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted.  Screen captures are made with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it! 

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