Crossbuck signs were erected at level railway crossings in the early 1900s as more automobiles were using the roads.
In April 1972, the Catonsville Short Line Railroad ceased operations after 88 years. Local institutions had stopped using coal and goods were being transported by trucks. In 1980, the Catonsville Historical Society agreed to preserve a cast iron railroad crossbuck sign and it was movedfrom the Short Line Railroad to theirproperty at 1824 Frederick Road. When the historical society sold theTownsend House and museum in 2021, they donated the sign to CRTT.
Now it is time to transport this 8-foot, 500 lb. sign to the newly landscaped park at 749 Frederick Road, which is where the Short Line depot was originally located. Catonsville Rails To Trails needs to raise $2,000 to move and install the sign by September 1, 2023 and hope you can help by donating.