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St. James

Next Stop Northbound: Hagerstown, Maryland
Next Stop Southbound: Grimes, Maryland
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Just down the tracks from St. James School (in the early days it was The College of St. James) use to sit the St. James (Lydia) train station. Originally built by the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1907, this combination station has since been moved a couple of lots East of St. James Run on MD Route 68 (Lappans Road). It has been converted into a private residence.  

In 1913 a new 50,000 gallon water task was installed to replace an aging tank.  

I remember in the 1970's this station was across the street from a wonderful old country store known simply as "Blooms".  The elderly proprietor, Mr. Bloom, would cater to the locals including students from nearby St. James School.  Bloom's was also a U.S. Post Office.  I believe Mrs. Bloom was the Postmistress.

It was in St. James that the first Bookmobile in the state of Maryland was demolished when a passing train hit it. The horse drawn wagon, operated by the Washington County Library, was later replaced by a motorized vehicle.

Original site of the station

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Current location of the old station is 17636 Lappans Road, Fairplay (St. James), MD 21733