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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Field Notes : The Store on Freeland Rd

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.

Through the trees is our buildings. This is trackside on NCR/PRR gong north towards New Freedom, Pa.
Through the trees is our building. This is trackside on NCR/PRR right of way going north towards New Freedom, Pa.
South wall
South wall
East side of store, or trackside
East side of store, or trackside
South end of store
South end of store. On “Beckleysville”, the road will be the dirt Beckleysville Rd
North end of store
North end of store. Two doors. The one closest to me is a double door. The building would look better with a front porch
Under the annex
Under the annex
Cellar door under annex and timber support for floor
Cellar door under annex and timber support for floor
This is the south side foundation wall under annex
This is the south side foundation wall under annex
North side of annex note cinder blocks. Part of timberframers support is missing
North side of annex note cinder blocks. Part of timberframe support is missing
Double door
Double door
Double door full view
Double door full view
Underfloor support
Underfloor support
Back side of southwest wall
Back side of southwest wall
South wall of annex
South wall of annex
This is the side I want to have a horse drawn wagon loading boxes and bags for delivery. The wall and roof have seen better days
This is the side I want to have a horse drawn wagon loading boxes and bags for delivery. The wall and roof have seen better days
Noerth side wall along Freeland Rd. This appears to be the main door. Through the missing siding by the window, you can see the back side of the lath boards and plaster that oozed through.
North side wall along Freeland Rd. This appears to be the main door. Through the missing siding by the window, you can see the back side of the lath boards and plaster that oozed through.
The other front door by the annex
The other front door by the annex
Close up of main building corner and annex
Close up of main building corner and annex
The front porch field stone supports
The front porch field stone supports
North corner of annex
North corner of annex

Field Notes : The Store on Freeland Rd©

By H. Mathews June 2016