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Red, White Signs Signal Homeowner-CSX Showdown

The reach of the protest signs has increased in the past year.


Dan Hammil purchased $900 worth of signs last spring that have cropped up everywhere from front yards to gas stations in greater Elkridge. 

The signs are intended to raise awareness that his community is in jeopardy, said Hammil, who was the first homeowner in Hanover Woods, along with his wife Linda.

“We're proud of our little community,” said Hammil, who is president of the Hanover Woods Homeowners Association, which he said includes 26 homes.

Last March, they were looking at land on Hanover and Race roads—across the railroad tracks from Hanover Woods—for a train-truck depot called an "."

There are more than 300 homes near the site that CSX and MDOT are considering. They are also looking at three additional locations.

After learning the facility could be headed for Hanover, Hammil ordered 250 signs last April. They are red and white and can be found all over, from the on Marshalee Drive to homes on Old Washington Road.

"The color scheme and wording [were] suggested by Pam Bertrand, who lives in our community. The signs had to be simple and eye catching. Something you could read at 50 mph," said Hammil.

The Greater Elkridge Community Association helped with the purchase and distribution of the signs, which have made it to the and the .

“We believe the signs are necessary to help bring the CSX issue to the attention of not only others in the local communities but also to those who travel through it,” said Hammil.

Over the summer, that CSX employees working on the railroad did in fact notice the signs up and down Hanover Road.

“If someone from CSX, MDOT or the like see the signs, so much the better,” said Hammil. “It helps to let them know that...we're not going down without a fight.”

Sign Facts
How many were ordered: 250
Where they were made:  in Elkridge
What they say: "STOP the CSX INTERMODAL Rail Site in Hanover/Elkridge NOW"

August March 27, 2012 at 11:11 AM
Those who are already upside down on their mortgages will be trapped in their homes forever if this goes through and property values drop even more. The trains already run a great deal through Elkridge and this would make it a 24/7 experience that would make life difficult for those who live close to the tracks like we do.
David Parkison March 27, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Yes the trains do run a great deal through Elkridge. BUT They have been for over 100 years! If you don't like the trains then why did you move here! Just remember If CSX does decide on the Hanover Rd tract it will greatly reduce truck traffic on MD highways in our area.
djp952 March 28, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Well, reduce for some but greatly increase for at least MD100. That's my main concern with the non-residential impact to the area. (Not to make light of the residential concerns of course) There is only one viable way in and out of that area for trucks and that would be Coca cola drive. With Arundel Mills, 295 and the continued rampant development over there its already a big mess. Not much room to improve 100 and 295 (north) isn't really a big truck friendly route either. I'm also concerned that Anne Arundel won't care to do anything about it since the facility will be in Howard. I go from 295 to 1 every night on 100 and it just can't be allowed to get any worse.
edb March 28, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Just to let you know that 15-20 years ago when they started building the houses in this area, there were only 2-3 freight trains passing though per day. It was not a very used line for CSX. The train traffic has increased greatly over the years, but the residents who live here have learned to tolerate the trains. We will never be able to tolerate a facility that runs 24/7 with bright lights and noise all night and never ending truck traffic and noise.
AEakle April 23, 2012 at 09:50 PM
I just finally looked up the signs I keep seeing... I'm sure I'm in the minority when I say that I ENJOY the sound of the trains coming through down the street from my house. However, I do object to increased traffic on 100 and 295.

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