Big Pool Junction

Big Pool Junction (HM4IQ)

Location: Big Pool, MD 21711 Washington County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 37.473', W 78° 1.051'

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Western Maryland Rail Trail

The eighteen miles of rails betweenHagerstown and Big Pool were the busiestof the Western Maryland Railway. It washere in 1892 that a connection was made with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad across the Potomac River at Cherry Run, West Virginia. The Big Pool Train Station was constructed in 1892. By the turn of the century other structures were added including a siding, a storage building andcompany houses.

In 1904 the building of the Cumberland Extension began at Big Pool. The Western Maryland reached Hancock by December of that year and Cumberland by March two years later. In 1906 a coal chute 758 feet long and 37 feet high was constructed toempty coal from the trains coal cars into the steam engine's tender. A water tower was also built to fill the steam engine with the water that would be converted to steam. A freight station and a train order office were also located here. The train order office operated until March 1, 1977.
HM NumberHM4IQ
Placed ByWestern Maryland Rail Trail
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 4:30pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 755994 N 4390338
Decimal Degrees39.62455000, -78.01751667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 37.473', W 78° 1.051'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 37' 28.38" N, 78° 1' 3.06" W
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Area Code(s)301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1592 Western Maryland Rail Trail, Big Pool MD 21711, US
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