Raymond Martin, 73

The Baltimore Sun

Raymond Frederick Martin, a retired railroader and lifelong rail fan, died Monday of a massive heart attack at Carroll Hospital Center. The longtime Taneytown resident was 73.

Mr. Martin, known as Fred, was born in Hagerstown. His father was a Western Maryland Railway freight conductor. He was raised in Baltimore's Walbrook neighborhood and graduated in 1951 from Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical High School. He served in the Army as a tank mechanic in Germany from 1958 to 1960.

In 1953, Mr. Martin began his railroad career with the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad as a car inspector in the railroad's Locust Point Yard. He was later transferred to the B&O;'s old Eckington Yard in Washington, where he was a trailer train inspector.

In 1975, Mr. Martin left Chessie System, the B & O's successor, and took a job with the American Association of Railroads that required extensive travel in the United States and Canada.

As the association's manager of top loading rules, he monitored compliance with safety regulations governing the way freight is carried on open hopper, or flat, cars, family members said.

He was a charter member and longtime financial supporter of the B&O; Railroad Museum and had been a member of the B&O; Railroad Historical Society. He was a member and former recording secretary of the Western Maryland Railway Historical Society.

The former Catonsville resident also built and operated O-gauge, HO-gauge and S-gauge model rail layouts in the basement of his home in Taneytown where he had lived since 1978.

He was a past president of the Taneytown Lions Club, which presented him with its Melvin Jones Award in 2006. He was a member and chaplain of Monocacy No. 203 Masonic Lodge and a member of the Scottish Rite.

Mr. Martin was a member, deacon and property committee member of Grace United Church of Christ, 49 W. Baltimore St., Taneytown, where services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Surviving is his wife of 54 years, the former Phyllis Ann Wheeler.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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