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Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Hagerstown Railway

 
 
Hagerstown Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 7, 2019
1. Hagerstown Railway Marker
Inscription.  The only trolley system to operate in Washington County was started with the creation of the Hagerstown Railway in 1896. It consisted of a loop around the outer edges of town, and crossing lines that ran north-south on Potomac Street and east-west on Washington Street. A branch also extended service to Willliamsport and in 1897, service was extended to Funkstown. By 1902, an extension was completed to Boonsboro, and in 1904, the railway extended to Myersville where it connected with the trolley system that served Frederick. The Hagerstown and Frederick Railway was one of only a few inter-urban trolley systems in the nation.

Demand for trolley service declined with the explosion of private automobile ownership, the establishment of US Route 40 and bus service. The last active trolley in Washington County was the line that ran between Hagerstown and Williamsport. Service ended on this line in 1947.

This building served as the “trolley barn” for the Hagerstown Railway.
 
Location. 39° 38.302′ N, 77° 43.59′ W. Marker is in Hagerstown, Maryland
Hagerstown Railway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 7, 2019
2. Hagerstown Railway Marker
, in Washington County. Marker is on Summit Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 270 Summit Avenue, Hagerstown MD 21740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mary Titcomb (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Milling (about 600 feet away); West Baltimore Street (about 700 feet away); Jonathan Hager House (about 800 feet away); Hager’s Fancy (approx. ¼ mile away); Elliott-Bester House (approx. ¼ mile away); Hager House and Museum (approx. ¼ mile away); Baltimore & Ohio Railroad (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hagerstown.
 
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
 
Car Barn - Hagerstown Railway image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 7, 2019
3. Car Barn - Hagerstown Railway
1898 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, April 7, 2019
4. 1898
The Last Trolley To Run in Washington County image. Click for full size.
1947
5. The Last Trolley To Run in Washington County
The last trolley run in 1947 was the subject of commemoration and fanfare, as shown by the wording painted across the front of the streetcar.
Close-up of photo on marker
The Funkstown Car,<br>circa 1940. image. Click for full size.
circa 1940
6. The Funkstown Car,
circa 1940.
Close-up of photo on marker
Inside a Hagerstown Streetcar 1935 image. Click for full size.
1935
7. Inside a Hagerstown Streetcar 1935
Maryland Cracker Barrel Magazine
Close-up of photo on marker
 
More. Search the internet for Hagerstown Railway.
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 8, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 85 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 8, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7. submitted on April 9, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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