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Railroad History in Bladensburg

 
 
Railroad History in Bladensburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
1. Railroad History in Bladensburg Marker
Inscription. In its infancy in America, the railroad came to Bladensburg. In 1833, construction began in Baltimore on the 32-mile-long Washington line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. It originally passed directly through Bladensburg, however, the main line was later altered to bypass the town, leaving it serviced only by a secondary line. The first train on the new Washington line ran on August 25, 1835. Eight hundred passengers, including numerous dignitaries, boarded 18 cars pulled by four new locomotives. They rode to Bladensburg where they were met by a trainful of Washington city officials, who then accompanied them to the terminal in Washington, D.C.

On April 29, 1851, Bladensburg once again witnessed railroad history. On that day, a railroad car powered by electricity from batteries (in a sense, a locomotive) traveled from Washington to Bladensburg and back again. This first electric railroad car was the invention of Dr. Charles Grafton Page, senior examiner for the U.S. Patent Office, professor of chemistry and pharmacy, and public treasurer.

Text with far upper-right photo: The very early B & O Railroad locomotive named the Tom Thumb, with a single passenger car.

Text with upper-right portraite: Charles Grafton Page Text with middle photo: The B & O Railroad station in nearby Hyattsville Text
Map Showing Railroad Line image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2010
2. Map Showing Railroad Line
with middle-right illustration: B & O Railroad regulations for the 1835 opening of its "new" Washington line

Text within the middle-right illustration: Opening of the Washington Rail Road

The Committee of Arrangments for opening the Washington Rail Road respectfully inform the invited guests that they have adopted the following regulations to be observed on the occasion.

1. Every gentleman must present his ticket before taking his seat in a Car.

2. Gentlemen will be permitted to introduce not more than ONE LADY. This regulation is rendered indispensable by the limited number of seats.

3. The Cars will leave the Depot in Charles Street at NINE o'clock PRECISELY.

4. It is requested that no persons leave the Cars until the arrival of the party at Washington.

5. The party will leave the Depot at Washington at FOUR o'clock PRECISELY.

6. The first two cars are reserved for the Executive of Maryland, Members of the Legislature of Maryland and the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and other Public Functionaries.

7. Ladies and Gentleman in returning are requested to take the same Car in which they leave Baltimore.

Text with lower-right drawing: Page's electric locomotive
 
Location. 38° 56.024′ 
Railroad History in Bladensburg Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, January 28, 2008
3. Railroad History in Bladensburg Marker
N, 76° 56.266′ W. Marker is in Bladensburg, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Annapolis Road (Maryland Route 450) and 46th Street. Click for map. Marker is in Bladensburg Waterfront Park, .2 miles south of the entrance at this intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Bladensburg MD 20710, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bladensburg Floods (1742-1954) (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Joshua Barney's Barge and the Chesapeake Flotilla (about 300 feet away); The First Telegraph Line (1844) (about 300 feet away); Colonial Ropemaking (about 400 feet away); Encampment of Coxey's Army (1894) (about 500 feet away); Duels and the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds (about 600 feet away); The Incidental Cause of the Star-Spangled Banner (1814) (about 600 feet away); Dinosaur Alley (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Bladensburg.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & Streetcars
 
Train Passing along the Modern Elevated Tracks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, July 18, 2010
4. Train Passing along the Modern Elevated Tracks
The B&O Railroad Station in Nearby Hyattsville image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2011
5. The B&O Railroad Station in Nearby Hyattsville
Close-up of photo on marker
Charles Grafton Page image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2011
6. Charles Grafton Page
Close-up of photo on marker
Mr's Joseph W. Hazel
B & O Railroad Regulations for the 1835 Opening of the "New" Washington Line image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2011
7. B & O Railroad Regulations for the 1835 Opening of the "New" Washington Line

Opening of the Washington Rail Road

The Committee of Arrangements for opening the Washington Rail Road respectfully inform the invited guests that they have adopted the following regulations to be observed on the occasion.

1. Every gentleman must present his ticket before taking his seat in a Car.

2. Gentlemen will be permitted to introduce not more than ONE LADY. This regulation is rendered indispensable by the limited number of seats.

3. The Cars will leave the Depot in Charles Street at NINE o'clock PRECISELY.

4. It is requested that no persons leave the Cars until the arrival of the party at Washington.

5. The party will leave the Depot at Washington at FOUR o'clock PRECISELY.

6. The first two cars are reserved for the Executive of Maryland, Members of the Legislature of Maryland and the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and other Public Functionaries.

7. Ladies and Gentleman in returning are requested to take the same Car in which they leave Baltimore.
Close-up of image on marker
B & O Railroad
Page's Electric Locomotive image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 11, 2011
8. Page's Electric Locomotive
Close-up of drawing on marker
American Polytecnic Journal
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,419 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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