Light rail service began at Cromwell (north Glen Burnie), the southernmost
of the system's stations, on May 20, 1993. Light rail cars like MTA 5018
were built by ABB Traction, the U.S. division of Asea Brown Boveri, as
seen here in their original livery.
William Glover explained:
"While switching cars at the industries at Cromwell, the train with 2
or 3 box cars in tow, moving in the direction of Glen Burnie, would
uncouple the cars before the switch into the industry, then speed up
passing the switch with the engine, throw the switch, then allow the
box cars to slowly free roll into the siding while stopping and backing
up the engine to put the cars in their proper places. There were two
runaround tracks - one in front of the Ferndale Fire Department the
other was at the station ruins at the Fifth Avenue crossing in Glen Burnie."