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.
I am starting a new type of blog post, Field Notes, to keep track of information I collect for projects.
One of the buildings I have always liked is the old store along the NCR/PRR at Freeland Rd. I have driven by it for years on Freeland Rd, and have walked or peddled my bike by it on the hike and bike trail. Recently, the building has taken a turn for the worse structurally, so I thought I should go and take some photographs before it is gets any worse.
When I started to develop the idea of a small town in northern rural Baltimore County served by a narrow gauge railroad, one of the railroad’s customers had to be a local lumber dealer and general store. The store on Freeland Rd came to mind, even the prototype railroad approach from the south made a good scene for “Beckleysville.”
I like the small annex with the road running along side the building. I can see a draft horse team here with a wagon being laced with boxes and burlap bags for delivery to local farmers. The Freeland Rd side, or north side would be better with a porch roof.