My Own Georgetown Branch Website
The site I built and maintain with photos, documents, my research findings and progress on my own model railroad.
Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Society
Dedicated to the preservation of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. An excellent Archives and knowledge base.
Capital Crescent Trail
Half of the Georgetown Branch has been paved over and is now enjoyed by commuters, hikers, bikers, and others. The site has a few vintage images of the GB in action, a detailed history and notes on landmarks along the trail. A must-read for all who are new to the GB.
B&O RR Photo Tours – The Georgetown Branch
A wonderful site with photo tours of the B&O from all around the region. The recent completion of the B&O tour is no exception. The tour spans the entire line with photos and descriptions of many landmarks along the way including links to other photos for greater context. A really wonderful resource for anyone interested in the line.
Silver Spring Trails
A site dedicated to building a network of trails in lower Montgomery County. There is a section on the Capital Crescent Trail featuring such items as the opening of the Rock Creek trestle and the ongoing trail status. Contains some neat info and photos.
Library of Congress: American Memory
An invaluable research tool on the internet! Try searching for the following “georgetown waterfront washington” (for a HABS/HAER study of the C&O Canal aqueduct, w/ some photos that have rails in them, and some vintage shots of the waterfront), “bethesda maryland” (general Bethesda shots, some of Griffith Consumers Co. fuel facilities which was served by the B&O). Go ahead – try your own search criteria – if you find anything neat, let me know!
Baltimore and Ohio Yahoo! Group
Another treasure trove of info! This is where you will probably find the best resource with the greatest amount of info. I recommend typing “georgetown branch” into the search field and read thru all the GB related posts in your spare time – you will learn a lot! And, if you care to learn more, join the group (I have found it immensely helpful and friendly) and post your questions after you’ve searched out the list for previous posts.
Georgetown University Library Special Collections: Photos
A neat collection of old photos around Georgetown University. Several shots showing the waterfront from mid 1800’s on.
D.C. Underground: Heavy Rail
A neat site devoted to the underground (and some above ground) rails in Washington, DC. There are some great photos of the “GSA, Coal & Ash House, West Heating Plant”, which was the terminus of the Georgetown Branch for all of its later years. This is located at the East end (railroad West) of Georgetown Yard. Nice! (*scroll to the bottom of the page)
Abandoned Railroads of the US
A site devoted to its namesake, there is a page devoted to the GB. Mainly a quick description of the remaining right-of-way, this page has a few photos.
NRHS (National Railway Historic Society) – DC Chapter, DC RR History
An extensive timeline of historic events in Washington DC railroad history including the GB. Puts the history of the line into context with the rest of the region as well as points out some key events in the history of the line.