That helpful, helpful guy over at Greater, Greater Washington, David Edmondson, makes maps of pure fascination for those of us who love getting around by public transportation. Now he’s compiled all the rail service in the Baltimore, Washington, Richmond area that was in existence in 1921 into a subway-style map. It’s delicious. It memorializes communities that no longer exist, but for a crossing of rail and road. I particularly dream of rail service Washington to Hagerstown, down the peninsula (traffic to the beaches is a stupid and needless nightmare), reinstated W, B, and A service from Baltimore to Annapolis, and Western Maryland service to my hometown, home to Western Maryland College (now sadly renamed McDaniel College). The traces of rail through small towns and rural communities represent both foot traffic and shared endeavors in transit, both in short supply today. Edmondson sparks the imagination with his maps. He shows us what has been, and makes us crave the possible.
Visit Greater, Greater Washington to hear more about mid-Atlantic transit and to see visions for future rail.