"Metropolitan Sub: " is our 9th video following the Old B&O Railroad and it surveys another historic track roadbed by following first the Potomac River before turning inland and climbing up Barnesville Hill.
We finally visit the Metropolitan Subdivision of CSX that began life as the B&O's Metropolitan Branch in the 1870's. We discovered many of the hidden gems of this stretch of railroad when we followed the tracks from Weverton, Maryland all the way into Washington, D.C. Camouflaged and away from view lie four great stone arch bridges, a couple of serious grades, and some curious dips. We found several 1890's train stations. The wooden stations at Brunswick, Dickerson, Germantown and Kensington are contrasted by classic Victorian brick stations at Point of Rocks, Gaithersburg, and Rockville; all designed by E.F. Baldwin. In 1945, the B&O replaced the gothic Baldwin Station in Silver Spring with a brick colonial revival station that still stands today.
Traffic on the Metropolitan Sub is a bit heavier in passenger operations, but there are some interesting local freights to help with the flow of your "favorite trains." There are daily trash trains, including D765 running from Montgomery County out to the Pepco site near Dickerson, Maryland. Augment that daily local with Brunswick local switcher, B211 bringing more trash out to the co-generation operation at Pepco, and squeeze them in among the 18 daily MARC commuter trains, 2 Capitol Limiteds, and you'll find a lively schedule.
Again, we use U.S. Geological Survey Maps to help you understand where the tracks run. We continue our work to bring you the mighty rumble and awesome sounds of climbing freights. Trains this time tilt towards commuter trains, but you'll also get nice doses of Amtrak's Capitol Limited. Mixed freights, coal drags and special trains appear. We also managed to bring you trains in all four seasons of the year, with some very nice winter scenes.