Trail buff leads tour of old Ma and Pa Railroad route

Tracking the tracks

  • Sam Hopkins, of Roland Park, reads a book about the former Ma and Pa Railroad while walking the route on Nov. 17.
Sam Hopkins, of Roland Park, reads a book about the former Ma… (Photo by Noah Scialom )
November 18, 2013|By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com

Seventeen people and one dog gathered in Wyman Park on Sunday for a two-hour tour of tracks, tunnels, charcoal burns and other evidence of the old Maryland and Pennsylvania railroad line, better known as the Ma and Pa, which ran 77.2 miles between Baltimore and York, Pa., from 1901 to 1954.

"I've always been curious about that railroad," said Eric Jack, 60, of Hampden.

"I didn't even know it came down here," said Deletta Scopel, also 60 and of Hampden, who came with her friend, Theo Pinette, 63, of Stone Hill.

The four-mile tour from Wyman Park Drive to University Parkway and back was organized by AJ O'Brien, a self-described "trail buff" from Tuscany-Canterbury, who said he has been doing it for the past several years. The tour guide, Alexander "Sandy" Mitchell is vice president of the Baltimore chapter of the National Railway Historical Society.

The dog was Freckles, 8, who was there with her owner, Ray Iturralde, 65, of Tuscany-Canterbury.

"She owns Wyman Park," Iturralde said.

Larry Perl

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