Date: 4/17/1955 Road #: PRR 5876   (3 photos)
Location: Bowie, MD more... Builder/Model:  E7(A) more...  

Another view of the two units that will take us to Popes Creek, MD. These will replace the Baldwin switcher, which replaced the derailed Alco units. You can see the roof of Bowie Tower, and the northbound home signals, above the second unit. Bowie was unusual in that the tower was located outside of the interlocking limits. A PRR-style cast iron grade-crossing sign can be seen on the left. Yes, PRR did build everything to last--that has to date back to the 1920's.


By: Claude M. Dixon, Jr. on 8/1/2013
Looking at the man in the Fireman's seat in #5876, he's probably the Road Foreman of engines. I have sat in the Fireman's seat or even moved the Engineman over and run the train myself during my years in D.C. I've had both Amtrak and MARC excursions on this line, it did not run to Pope's Creek by the 1980's. However I went past there. That line went to the right SB on to the Pepo Electric station at Morgantown at the end of us Rte.. 301 before it crossed the Potomac Rover into Virginia. I recall letting the late Maryland Governor Schaefer operate a Popes's Creek-bound special from Baltimore south of the B&P Tunnel to about the BWI rail station as I stood over him. Those were in the days before engineer licenses were required to operate a locomotive/train.

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