East End of Pearre/B127

E.E. Pearre/B127

According to a WM track chart at Pearre the WM had a passing siding here that was 5,765ft. with a 134 car capacity. There was also a 456ft. side track here also. That side track was most likely the old station track. The Pearre station was located midway along the passing siding, there is a photo of it below. The WM also had signals 126.2 and 126.3 at the East end and signals 127.4 and 127.5 at the West end. With telephone boxes at each end and 1 in the center near the side track. The grade westbound through Pearre was 0.0 to +0.25 to +0.50 then back to 0.0. Today Pearre is the current end of the WM Rail Trail and Statre of Maryland ownership. West of Pearre is currently owned by the C&O Canal National Park. According to a member of the Hagerstown Model RR Museum, the original Pearre marker sign is currently on display at the Hagerstown Roundhouse Museum.

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Looking east from the East End of Pearre passing track. Here were signals 126.5 and 126.6. During construction of the WMRT the signals bases were removed and its hard to spot today where the siding actually once was.

This was the concrete base for signal 126.5.

The base for the telephone box is in the foreground. The signals were in the background. Up on the pole line this box was once the connection to the signals. The train dispatcher could change the signals for passing trains or trains holding in the siding.

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