Jun 3, 2010

The Columbia and Port Deposit Railroad

(Keystone Crossings) The Columbia and Port Deposit Railroad was started in 1865, and remained unfinished until 1877. This Branch, electrified in the 1938 expansion of the catenary, and de-electrified in the early 1980s, is still in active service today. The branch, which stretches from Port Deposit, northwest to Columbia, covers appoximately 40 miles of scenic Susquehanna river country. Much of the track is difficult to access, but I will try to point out some of the accessible locations in the following sections. Our tour will start in Perryville, proceed north under the B&O, through Port Deposit, past the Octoraro Branch, the Conowingo Dam, Pilot, Peach Bottom, Holtwood, Pequa, the Conestoga Creek bridges at Safe Harbor, and into Columbia. As of this writing, the catenary poles, and PRR position lights are still in place, however these may not last long. Continued

Photos: MDRails