Ellicott City Station

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The Ellicott City Station is the oldest remaining passenger train station in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. At the time of its construction in 1830 it was the terminus of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad line from Baltimore to Ellicott's Mills, Maryland and it incorporated features for the servicing of steam locomotives at the end of the 13 mile (21 km) run. The station, a National Historic Landmark, is now used as a museum.DescriptionThe station was built in 1830 at the end of the Oliver Viaduct, of local stone provided by one of the quarries owned by the Ellicott family, which had founded the town and local flour mill in 1772. The two-story stone building is built against the viaduct. A gabled roof is topped by a wood ventilating cupola. The upper level of the station is at the level of the tracks on the viaduct.The Oliver Viaduct was the second major stone bridge built by the railroad . It was 123ft long and comprised three 20ft arches. The viaduct was damaged by Hurricane Agnes in 1972, and has since been reconstructed.The station building was designed to allow engines to be pulled in on the upper level so that they could be worked on from below. A turntable with a diameter of 50ft was fitted in 1863 to permit locomotives to be turned around. The turntable was filled in after the rail line was extended, but the granite foundations remain.

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2711 Maryland Ave
Ellicott City, MD
21043-4661

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