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Published on Sep 3, 2012
Another (unfortunately) disused B&O RR station!
Once upon a time, Berkeley Springs (formerly Bath) was a (sort-of) major railroad spot in northern West Virginia, complete with sizable RR yard. The size of the former yard attests to all the activity that once went on in this small town! All that, despite being located on a dead-end spur!
The spur reached here after branching off the Baltimore &Ohio RR (now CSX) main line from Hancock to the north (the B&O/CSX line is actually on the WV side of the Potomac while Hancock proper is on the MD side). The spur still serves a quarry a few miles south of Hancock but no longer runs to Berkeley Springs.
My understanding with the passenger service is that westbound B&O mainline trains (i.e. Capital Limited etc) would back down the line to Berkeley Springs then head out, while eastbound trains would head down the branch then back out.
This station would make a great visitors' center for Berkeley Springs and the general area, including Cacapon Overlook (Prospect Peak) a few miles to the west. But, unfortunately, it's going the way of others on the original B&O system. The interior is (almost) in shambles. Still time to save it!!