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Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Howard Street Tunnel, 1300 Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, Independent City, MD



B&W Photos

HB597781
View Of North Portal Looking Out From Under Mt

HB597782
View Of Mt

HB597783
View Of Pedestrian Crossing Over Tracks At Camden Station Looking Out From Under South Portal Of Howard Street Tunnel.

HB597784
View Of Tracks Leading To South Portal At Camden Station.

HB597785
View Of South Portal At Camden Station.

HB597786
View Of Tunnel Opening At Camden Station (south End) Looking Out From A Couple Of Hundred Feet Inside Tunnel.


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Location
1300 Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1968.

Notes
Survey number HAER MD-11
Significance: The Baltimore Belt Railroad, chartered in 1888, built the Howard Street Tunnel. The seven-mile-long railroad connected the main branch of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad that extends westward with its Philadelphia branch. Previously, trains had taken a circuitous route around Baltimore, which included ferrying all trains across the Patapsco River. Two decades earlier, the Pennsylvania Railroad had constructed tracks directly into Baltimore. In order for the B & O to remain competitive with the Pennsylvania company, the Baltimore Belt Railroad was built. The growth of the city eliminated the possibility of an above-ground track, necessitating the construction of a tunnel. Construction of the tunnel began in 1890. On May 1, 1895, the first passenger train passed through it.

Subjects
Transportation Industry
Railroad Tunnels
Transportation Facilities


Related Names
General Electric Company


Collection
Historic American Engineering Record (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. VIEW OF NORTH PORTAL LOOKING OUT FROM UNDER MT. ROYAL STATION TRAIN SHED.
2. VIEW OF MT. ROYAL TRAIN SHED LOOKING OUT FROM UNDER HOWARD STREET TUNNEL.
3. VIEW OF PEDESTRIAN CROSSING OVER TRACKS AT CAMDEN STATION LOOKING OUT FROM UNDER SOUTH PORTAL OF HOWARD STREET TUNNEL.
4. VIEW OF TRACKS LEADING TO SOUTH PORTAL AT CAMDEN STATION.
5. VIEW OF SOUTH PORTAL AT CAMDEN STATION.
6. VIEW OF TUNNEL OPENING AT CAMDEN STATION (SOUTH END) LOOKING OUT FROM A COUPLE OF HUNDRED FEET INSIDE TUNNEL.


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