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The Baltimore Streetcar Museum 8/4/2018



by Chris Guenzler



We drove from the B&O Railroad Museum the shortest distance of the trip to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum History

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum is a non-profit museum located at 1901 Falls Road (MD 25) in Baltimore, Maryland. The museum is dedicated to preserving Baltimore's public transportation history, especially the streetcar era. The museum is open Noon to 5 P.M. every Sunday March through December and Noon to 5 P.M. Saturdays, June through October.

The original Museum collection had been under the stewardship of the United Railways and Electric Company, then the Baltimore Transit Company and finally, for a short time, the Maryland Historical Society. Finally the Baltimore Streetcar Museum was founded in 1966 by several members of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. The collection was moved from Robert E. Lee Park near Lake Roland in 1968 to the present Falls Road Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad site and public operations began in July 1970. Before public operations could commence, many hours of volunteer work were necessary to build operating track and install overhead wire which, at first, provided only a short ride for visitors. Over the years, the Museum has incrementally extended its line along Falls Road that includes now turning loops at the north and south ends of its line. Completion of the Museum's entire streetcar line was realized in October 2008 with the completion of its double tracking project, which took many years to complete. The track gauge is 5 ft 4 1/2 in, which is unique.

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum houses the library collections of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and the National Railway Historical Society (Baltimore Chapter), formally known as Maryland Rail Heritage Library.

Our Visit

We parked the car and started to lookaround this unique museum.





United Railways and Electric Company JG Brill "Peter Witt" car 6119 built in 1930.





SEPTA PCC2187 St. Louis Car Company built in 1948 Philadelphia PCC converted to overhead line car.





JG Brill double truck Philadelphia snow sweeper, built in 1917.





SEPTA PCC 2168 St. Louis Car Company built in 1948 Philadelphia.





Baltimore Traction Company Brownell Car Company single truck open car 445 built in 1894.





Brownell Car Company double truck convertible car 264, built in 1900. It was the very first car restored by the BSM in 1968.





Horse Car 129 built in 1865, it was a home built by Baltimore City Passenger Railway in 1875.





Museum view.





The first car we would ride was the United Railways and Electric Company JG Brill "Peter Witt" car 6119.





The inside of the United Railways and Electric Company JG Brill "Peter Witt" car 6119.





We left the station and headed down the track. Now sit back and enjoy thetrip aboard this streetcar with us.










Rolling down the rails of this unique museum. That building we went by was the x Ma & Pa (Maryland & Pennsylvania) warehouse.





The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad roundhouse is in relatively good condition considering the Ma & Pa moved out somewhere around 1964. Next we make our way to the reversing loop.













The trip around the reversing loop.





The Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad roundhouse.





Returning to the station area ending ourfirst trip aboard this wonderful trolley line.





Baltimore Traction Company Brownell Car Company single truck open car 445 built in 1894.





Horse Car 129 built in 1865, it was a home built by Baltimore City Passenger Railway in 1875.





Horse Car 25 built in 1859 by built by Poole & Hunt right up the road in Woodbury. Unrestored body incapable of being restored. Shell only.





Pullman-Standard trackless trolley 2078 was built in 1940. Very historical piece of equipment. It is the only Baltimore trackless trolley saved.





Closed car 3828 is amatch for open car 1164. Restoration in planning stage.





Baltimore PCC 7407 built by Pullman-Standard in 1944. Pride of this Museum fleet. Last streetcar to run in Baltimore.





Horse Car, to Cable Car trailer, to Electric Car 417. Built in 1884, it's a home built by Baltimore City Passenger Railway. Supposedly the oldest operating electric streetcar in the U.S.





Baltimore streetcar 2234.





Brownell Car Company single truck "accelerator" car 1050 was built in 1896.





Single truck safety car 4533 was built by JG Brill in 1904.Converted to air in 1924. Converted to a test car in 1940. Restored as 1924 version.





St. Louis Car Company PCC New Jersey Transit 26. Originally built for Minneapolis/St. Paul then sold to Newark for their subway line.





Philadelphia trolley 1161.





We all made our second run aboard the Baltimore Traction Company Brownell Car Company single truck open car 445.





This device counts the passengers aboard the trolley. After that trip we toured the inside of the museum.

















This museum has plenty of good information throughout their building. I got me a Coca-Cola on this warm humid afternoon. Next we rode the SEPTA PCC Car. After that Bob got his chance to run the SEPTA PCC car 2168.





The inside of the SEPTA PCC car 2168. Bob is getting taught how to run the Bob operating the SEPTA PCC car 2168.





Map of the SEPTA lines in Philadelphia.





Passing the other car out on the line.





Bob operating the SEPTA PCC car 2168.





Bob operating the SEPTA PCC car 2168. After two more runs they taught Robin how to run the SEPTA PCC car 2168





Robin looks right at home operating the SEPTA PCC car 2168.





Group shot of our great motormen.





The days end is the closing our the car barn. I want to thank the Baltimore Streetcar Museum for a wonderfull late afternoon visit to their excellent trolley museum. We left the Baltimore Streetcr Museum and took Interstate 95 to Havre de Grace.

Havre de Grace Susquehanna River Bridge 8/5/2018

I had always wanted to take pictures here and now was my first chance to do it. We walked out onto the public pier and waited.





The bridge across the Susquehanna River.





We could see the old Pennsylvania Railroad postion light signals and saw we had a green northbound signal so we knew we had something coming.







Amtrak Siver Metour train 98 was our first train here.







Northeast Regional 149 came next across the bridge.




Northeast Regional 135 came next across the bridge.





Northeast Regional 192 came next across the bridge.





Geese in the water below us.





The sun was sinking in the western sky.





The late afternoon lighting was great.





But all good things have to end so we left the bridge but moved to our last stop of the day.





Perryville, Maryland.





The MARC Perryville station. We headed to Newrark, Delware but stopped at Subway to some dinner. We then drove to the Rodeway Inn in Newark for a two night stay.



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