Jones Station

Jones Station (HM1GGW)

Location: Severna Park, MD 21146 Anne Arundel County
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N 39° 3.402', W 76° 31.765'

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The Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad

Jones Station was the eighth stop from Annapolis on the Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad and served as both a passenger and freight station. The railroad fueled growth in the Baltimore-Annapolis corridor by providing fast and frequent passenger service via an expertly-constructed railroad infrastructure. This location was also the site of vital railroad support facilities, most importantly an electrical substation that facilitated reliable propulsion for all rail vehicles.



WWII was a lucrative time for the railroad, but following the war automobiles became an attractive travel option and service was replaced by buses after 1950. Service continued on the line only as a diesel powered freight service. During the 1970's, rail operations were truncated to the town of Glen Burnie, a six-mile remnant of the once-vital artery that linked Baltimore and Annapolis. Finally, in 1979, the entire right of way was purchased by Anne Arundel County, marking the end of the line's railroad career.



Prior to the introduction of rail service, the Eastern shore of the Severn River was largely disconnected and inhabited primarily by rural farmers and families. Many of these Marylanders relocated to homes near railroad stations, enabling them to commute to places of work located in distant urban centers.



Residential growth along the new line between Annapolis and Baltimore increased at a rapid rate. New towns and communities emerged from once wooded and pastured lands. To support these new residents, businesses entered the region. The railroad delivered goods to them through its freight service.



[text with picture on left] Jones Station during the B&A electric operation. Notice the existing track beside the trail still stands today.



[text with picture in middle] Officials of the A&B Short Line standing in front of a Jewett electric motor in 1919.



[text with picture on right] Aerial photo of suburban development along the line in 1947.



[text with picture at bottom] Modern photo of a diesel locomotive that once served on the B&A Railroad.
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HM NumberHM1GGW
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Placed ByAnne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 6:22am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 367667 N 4324181
Decimal Degrees39.05670000, -76.52941667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 3.402', W 76° 31.765'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 3' 24.12" N, 76° 31' 45.9" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 156-158 Baltimore and Annapolis Trail, Severna Park MD 21146, US
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