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Collapse symbolizes deterioration of Baltimore's illustrious railroad past
Collapse symbolizes deterioration of Baltimore's illustrious railroad past

For nearly two centuries, Baltimore has been a railroad town, its great eastern port and once-thriving industries sustained by the network of freight lines running inland. That legacy, however, ebbed over time as the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad was subsumed and its successor, CSX Transportation, moved south. Residents and local officials say the city's prominence in the railroad industry crumbled alongside the aging tunnels, overpasses and tracks that convey trains through city neighborhoods every day. The relationship between Baltimoreans and the railroad has frayed as well. In Southwest Baltimore, a community is battling to stop a proposed CSX cargo transfer facility. In...

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