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From Thurmont West
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The Western Maryland found a path through those mountains; and that path did more than move freight across them; it opened up new visions of the land for people who lived in the cities.
Here are some photos of the trip to the mountains from Thurmont, Maryland.
|Heading west through Thurmont, MD. The Catoctin Mountains are in the background. Somewhere in those mountains, Camp David is located.||The railroad goes under Highway 15 North on its way to the mountains.||This is the first railroad bridge heading west on Highway 550. Notice the faded Western Maryland in white on the bridge.|
|You feel like you are going to hit this bridge as you drive west, but the road dips just before going under it.||This is the same bridge showing the height above Owens Creek and the highway.||About 100 yards or so before and after the bridge in the previous cell, the track was laid with every third tie made of metal! Any thoughts?|
|Walking west (and uphill) on the tracks, I found this signal which is obviously not being used.||The Union Switch and Signal Company still exists, but in a different corporate name.||As you look across this bridge uphill, to the left is Owens Creek; one of the trout streams in Mayrland. This creek is stocked every year with a couple of thousand trout.|
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