Field Notes: The Bridges of Bentley Springs-Part 1

The original NCR/PRR/PC line from Baltimore to York passed through the village of Bentley Springs, Maryland, which is right down the road from our house. Bentley Springs at one time had a freight station, good-sized station for the size of the village, a water bottling plant, and a 40 room hotel. The rails also bridged Beetree Run three times in the distance of perhaps two football fields. If you go about another half a football field south of Bentley road, then you have the fourth bridge in the area. South of this fourth bridge , the right of way bridges the Little a Falls of the Gunpowder twice within a hall mile. While walking or riding a bike on the NCR hike and bike trail, you can see all these bridges. If you prefer a stream side view, it is possible, just be sure to bring a good pair of water shoes. If you would like to see some vintage photographs of Bentley Springs, Maryland, visit Bruce Cubbin’s website. He has some great photographs of the original station.

I have always liked how Beetree Run and the Little Falls meander back and forth under the  right of way. In designing Beckleysville, I want to incorporate a meandering stream causing multiple small bridges. A completely plausible possibility for “Beckleysville” with the many small meandering streams that would be common in the northern area of Baltimore county.

Northern most bridge in Bentley Springs
Northern most bridge in Bentley Springs
The bar underneath
The bar underneath
Wider view of north bridge
Wider view of north bridge
Station bridge, north abutment and lower retaining wall
Station bridge, north abutment and lower retaining wall
Stream side shot of the bridge at the station
Stream side shot of the bridge at the station
Closeup of the north abutment of the Station Bridge
Closeup of the north abutment of the Station Bridge

Field Notes: The Bridges of Bentley Springs-Part 1©

By H.Mathews June 2016

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Is it concrete or wood?

I painted the center pier with an acrylic paint, Parchment. I think it needs a coat of light gray after some more sanding. Compare the wooden version to a real abutment in the photos below.

After one coat of Parchment
After one coat of Parchment
The north abutment of the bridge next to the station area in Bentley Springs
The north abutment of the bridge next to the station area in Bentley Springs

Is it concrete or wood?©

By H Mathews, June 2016