The MA & PA Railroad, Examined in a New Book.

From the Aegis

BY KAREN TOUSSAINT, Aegis staff

Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a train meandered over 77 miles of track between Baltimore and York, Pa., crossing Harford County from the Cardiff quarry district in the north to Fallston and Baldwin in the west as part of that journey.

Various railways joined the 1867 Maryland Central to eventually become the Maryland & Pennsylvania Railroad, affectionately known locally as the “Ma & Pa”…and sometimes, the “Maybe and Perhaps” or the “Misery and Patience.”

In Maryland, where west of Harford County its tracks ran through Glenarm, Towson, Roland Park and Hampden, the Ma & Pa line hauled passengers until 1954 and freight until 1958.

Rail enthusiast and author James E. Dalmas calls a new publication by Harford County authors Henry C. Peden Jr. and Jack L. Shagena Jr. “the ultimate book about America’s favorite short line railroad, the famous Ma & Pa.”

article continues on the Aegis

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