Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc. Museum of streetcar/transit history located in downtown Baltimore BSM is one of the greatest secrets of Baltimore City - a small all-volunteer museum dedicated to the history of street railways and transit in Baltimore (with representative operating streetcars also from Philadelphia).
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Numerous vintage cars operate at BSM from early 20th Century wooden open and closed streetcars to more modern WWI era and post-WWII era PCC cars (and everything inbetween)! Come take a ride into history!

Operating as usual

Folks our very own Logan Tracey (a/k/a Operator Logan) has been chronicling the progress on the full restoration of our ...
05/03/2021
New Jersey#26 - Restoration Update (Episode 7)

Folks our very own Logan Tracey (a/k/a Operator Logan) has been chronicling the progress on the full restoration of our 1949 vintage ex-Twin Cities, ex Newark NJ PCC on his YouTube Page...check him out and give him a “like/subscribe” for more updates. He is joined in this video by project managers Harry Donahue and Matt Nawn to discuss the progress...

https://youtu.be/WtiEqgOhodU

Coast to Coast Electric Rail Content My LinksFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/OperatorLogan/Tiktok: https://www.tiktok.com/@operatorloganInstagram: https:/...

In addition to the interior painting on C-145 a few final exterior details are also continuing to finish the truly fanta...
05/03/2021

In addition to the interior painting on C-145 a few final exterior details are also continuing to finish the truly fantastic restoration of the car that was spearheaded by one of our members who is an Eagle Scout - this was his Scout project. These photos show some of BSM's young members installing the new wooden bumpers on C 145. These were made last years by master carpenter Jerry Sateriale. Volunteering at BSM is fun and rewarding - as an all-volunteer organization, we rely upon the work and dedication of these folks and we LOVE seeing so many young people taking an active interest in the preservation of our wonderful street railway history. It comes alive at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

So many projects continue at BSM (by the way - volunteers are always welcome!). This past weekend saw work on our venera...
05/03/2021

So many projects continue at BSM (by the way - volunteers are always welcome!). This past weekend saw work on our venerable circa 1924-era Brill-built snowsweeper. With the exterior of Sweeper C 145 about 95% complete, we have moved inside to begin painting the interior. Over its 90 plus years, we found remains of orange, green and grey paint; we decided to go with the grey. We found traces of the original numbers and the J.G. BRILL, Builders plates which Mark Dawson and Buster Hughes will be restoring in the near future. Thanks to our younger volunteers Logan Tracey and Andrew Nawn for their continued hard work bringing this incredible machine back to life. Many thanks to longtime volunteer Harry Donahue for helping to oversee this project and so many other projects preserving the history of Philadelphia's street railways. Harry is a founding member of the Friends of the Philadelphia Trolleys, a long-time friend and benefactor to the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

More excellent progress on truck work in our shop...check out Logan Tracy’s photos and update.
02/21/2021

More excellent progress on truck work in our shop...check out Logan Tracy’s photos and update.

Check out the great work by our great volunteers Logan Tracy Mike Barron and Matt Nawn this past weekend...really cool s...
02/08/2021

Check out the great work by our great volunteers Logan Tracy Mike Barron and Matt Nawn this past weekend...really cool stuff - this is PCC Car truck one of the greatest street railway trucks ever designed and built. The work these guys are doing will help keep our several treasured PCC cars running for generations to enjoy...

Check out this wonderful video on the progress of our Ex-Newark, NJ PCC Streetcar narrated by our very own Matt Nawn!! T...
01/21/2021
Restoration Update PSCT PCC Car #26 - January 2021

Check out this wonderful video on the progress of our Ex-Newark, NJ PCC Streetcar narrated by our very own Matt Nawn!! This car is going to be an incredible addition to our collection of operating cars and will be literally like a brand new car when the restoration is done...check it out!

https://youtu.be/LBQQk9OTCcI

This is an update on the restoration of former Public Service Coordinated Transport (Newark, NJ) PCC Car #26 owned by the Baltimore Streetcar Museum in Balti...

Happy New Year from the BSM! Looking forward to seeing you all this year!
01/01/2021

Happy New Year from the BSM! Looking forward to seeing you all this year!

Happy New Year from the BSM! Looking forward to seeing you all this year!

10/17/2020

Happy Birthday to Mark Dawson, a long time volunteer and board member of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum! Thanks for all you do!

09/06/2020
Five Minute Histories: Baltimore's Streetcar System

Five Minute Histories: Baltimore's Streetcar System

It’s Friday and we have a new video for you before the work week ends! Join us today as we explore the great history of Baltimore’s streetcar system. We hope...

Happy Sunday, was looking for a refreshing image on this sweltering day, and came upon this gem: Photograph of Baltimore...
07/19/2020

Happy Sunday, was looking for a refreshing image on this sweltering day, and came upon this gem: Photograph of Baltimore Transit car number 5666 outbound on Lombard Street at Falls Avenue in Baltimore, Maryland. On the right is the Shot Tower, while on the left is a bridge over the Jones Falls. Car line 18 runs on these tracks. Photo by Ed Miller, April 30, 1952 courtesy of digitalmaryland.org

From the collection of Jerry Kelly, these are the first 2 pages of a 13-page publication entitled New Map Of The Street ...
07/17/2020

From the collection of Jerry Kelly, these are the first 2 pages of a 13-page publication entitled New Map Of The Street Car and Bus Routes Of The Baltimore Transit Company, with an effective date for night service of March 15, 1937 (indicated on page 2). In this vest pocket guide are shown a route map, running times, all transfer points, and day and night timetables of the Baltimore Transit Company. More can be found at digitalmaryland.org #timetable #ephemera #baltimore #baltimorehistory #streetcars #railhistory #transportationhistory #preservation #bsm #hampden #rails #thebmorecreatives #charmcity #baltimoresun #baltimoreevent #baltimorepride #baltimorepridehon #goforitbmore
#visitbaltimore #railfan #railfanning #trolley #trainstagram #electric #railfans_of_instagram #jonesfalls #railsupremacy #vintagetram

Happy Independence Day weekend from the BSM! Stay safe!“A rare color shot of the banner car for the War effort in 1944. ...
07/03/2020

Happy Independence Day weekend from the BSM! Stay safe!
“A rare color shot of the banner car for the War effort in 1944. This specially painted semi-convertible streetcar (photographed here on Roland Ave), was scrapped in 1948. This car was built by Brill of Philadelphia in 1917 and was originally assigned to the Garrison Blvd. line. The last 3 semi-convertible cars to run were assigned rte. 9 Ellicott City to Catonsville junction. The service ended June 18, 1955.” Photo courtesy of the Maryland Rail Heritage Library Archives and Edward J. Willis, BTC photographer

07/02/2020

Last stop...Main Street, Ellicott City, MD...

Folks it has been a challenging year for the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. As a consequence of COVID-19, we have been clos...
07/02/2020

Folks it has been a challenging year for the Baltimore Streetcar Museum. As a consequence of COVID-19, we have been closed for operations and special events since March. The July crab feast/silent auction...what would have been our 18th straight year of this event...is cancelled. There is also a massive sewer project on Falls Road that will continue through the Fall that will keep Falls Road closed and blocked (though for volunteers the museum is accessible from Lafayette Ave from the south - please come down! We are continuing volunteer work using COVID safe practices - bring a mask and keep your distance. Unfortunately in light of COVID and the sewer project, public operations are unlikely to resume until the Fall at the earliest...stay tuned and we will keep you updated.

Despite these challenges, we are hanging on!!!Probably the most exciting change at BSM are the new displays in the auditorium. They are absolutely beautiful and we are so excited to share them with the public. The entire auditorium is being transformed into a walking transit timeline with dioramas showing the role of transit in the lives of the people of Baltimore. One of the neatest new displays is the interactive push-button streetcar map that shows the route the different lines took (the video shows the #9 Ellicott City line).

We miss you all and can’t wait to bring you back to ride a streetcar...

06/12/2020

Happy birthday to our board president, John O'Neill!

Stopping for a rest during a day of challenging projects, our volunteers know how to socially distance in style!Car 417 ...
06/06/2020

Stopping for a rest during a day of challenging projects, our volunteers know how to socially distance in style!

Car 417 is the only car in the BSM collection to have been operated by each of the three representative types of power used by Baltimore's street railways— horse, cable and electric. No. 417 began its career as a horsecar for the City Passenger, probably the car's builder as well. When cable cars were introduced to the city in the early 1890s, No. 417 was altered to be a trailer car on the cable line. Following the short-lived stint of the cable car in Baltimore, the vehicle was converted to electric operation in 1896 and saw service until the early 1900s.

The BSM may still be closed to visitors, but lots of projects are progressing. Work continues on cars 7303, 2168, and C-...
06/05/2020

The BSM may still be closed to visitors, but lots of projects are progressing. Work continues on cars 7303, 2168, and C-145, while a new historical timeline is being installed in the visitors' center auditorium, just the first part of a completely new interactive museum experience. Check the museum website for the latest on reopening information!

Happy Easter from the BSM! Stay safe streetcar fans, we look forward to seeing you when the coast is clear!
04/12/2020

Happy Easter from the BSM! Stay safe streetcar fans, we look forward to seeing you when the coast is clear!

Today would have been Orioles opening day at Camden Yards. We will celebrate soon, in the meantime, stay safe Baltimore!...
03/26/2020

Today would have been Orioles opening day at Camden Yards. We will celebrate soon, in the meantime, stay safe Baltimore!
“PCC No. 7372 in National City Lines ‘transition’ color scheme on Park Heights Ave inbound on No. 5 line, June 17,1948.” Photo by George J. Voith -History of Baltimore’s Streetcars by Michael R. Farrell

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.'s cover photo
03/21/2020

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.'s cover photo

“Schoolgirls board Brill-built Peter Witt car on early fall morning in 1930. Dash sign reads “The New Baltimore Streetca...
03/20/2020

“Schoolgirls board Brill-built Peter Witt car on early fall morning in 1930. Dash sign reads “The New Baltimore Streetcar. The utmost in Comfortable, Safe, Smooth Riding.” (Bob Krueger Collection) -The History of Baltimore’s Streetcars by Michael R. Farrell.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and this leprechaun’s favorite green car, 417! Circa 1888, t...
03/17/2020

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from the Baltimore Streetcar Museum and this leprechaun’s favorite green car, 417! Circa 1888, this is the only car in the BSM collection to have been operated by each of the three representative types of power used by Baltimore's street railways— horse, cable and electric. Fun fact, No. 417 is also featured on our BSM logo! Stay healthy, we hope to see you when we reopen!

03/13/2020

Announcement: Temporary Closure of the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

Folks in order to do our part to help combat the spread of the Coronavirus, the Baltimore Streetcar Museum will he closed to the public for the next two (2) weeks. Regular Sunday operations will be suspended through March 28. We will re-assess and make a determination prior to 3:28 if it is warranted to extend this further.

Please check with your events coordinator if you have any events scheduled at the museum over the next two weeks for a determination of whether the event will proceed.

For now the Bike Swap Meet on April 25 is not yet cancelled but we will re-assess in cooperation with the Event sponsor the Baltimore Bicycle Works.

We look forward to getting everyone back on the cars as soon as it is safely possible! Stay safe!!!!

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.'s cover photo
03/09/2020

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.'s cover photo

Future lettering on the seats of 1164...safety first!!!
03/05/2020

Future lettering on the seats of 1164...safety first!!!

BSM Spring Operations Are Here!!! Folks we are happy to report that winter is almost over!!! BSM opened this past Sunday...
03/02/2020

BSM Spring Operations Are Here!!! Folks we are happy to report that winter is almost over!!! BSM opened this past Sunday for the start of Spring operations. We are open Sunday’s Only until Memorial Day weekend when we will expand to Saturday’s and Sunday’s. Hours are 12-5. Please stop by for a visit!!! Museum Store is also open during these hours. Also volunteer opportunities abound every weekend! Stop on down!!

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.'s cover photo
03/02/2020

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.'s cover photo

So you want to become a streetcar operator???? Feel the breeze of the wind blowing through your gleaming cap as you wrap...
02/25/2020

So you want to become a streetcar operator???? Feel the breeze of the wind blowing through your gleaming cap as you wrap a 120 year old K-Controller into series as you glide along Falls Road, bell clanging, standing on the open platform of a wooden streetcar? Want to learn how to operate a PCC car? How to fill out a manifest? Educate the public about the critical role streetcars played in the development of Baltimore?? Wait for it...NOW YOU CAN!!!!👍👍👍 Operator Training classes start soon!! Sign up today!!

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.
02/13/2020

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.

Then and now...Car Number 4533, built in 1904 by Brill and modernized in 1923 as a “Birney” type one-person operated safety car...was probably the oldest streetcar to operate on the streets into 1963. It ended its life in a rather dull red paint scheme and had the important bi-annual task of traveling the entire system to test the welded bonds of the rails, which act as a part of the direct current electrical path back to the substation. When bonds break, the negative return current will travel through municipal pipes causing corrosion. If a broken bond were found, the device that was pulled behind the car would leave a splatter or paint on the street which crews would later locate, dig up the asphalt and re-weld the bond. 4533 was dedicated in October 2003 after a lengthy restoration and still operates regularly at BSM...

Then and now...Car Number 4533, built in 1904 by Brill and modernized in 1923 as a “Birney” type one-person operated saf...
02/13/2020

Then and now...Car Number 4533, built in 1904 by Brill and modernized in 1923 as a “Birney” type one-person operated safety car...was probably the oldest streetcar to operate on the streets into 1963. It ended its life in a rather dull red paint scheme and had the important bi-annual task of traveling the entire system to test the welded bonds of the rails, which act as a part of the direct current electrical path back to the substation. When bonds break, the negative return current will travel through municipal pipes causing corrosion. If a broken bond were found, the device that was pulled behind the car would leave a splatter or paint on the street which crews would later locate, dig up the asphalt and re-weld the bond. 4533 was dedicated in October 2003 after a lengthy restoration and still operates regularly at BSM...

Folks we are very saddened to report the loss of one of our founding volunteers Robert Kruger...a gentleman, hard workin...
02/09/2020

Folks we are very saddened to report the loss of one of our founding volunteers Robert Kruger...a gentleman, hard working volunteer and just an all-around great guy. His knowledge of streetcars in Baltimore was encyclopedic. I personally knew him well...operated many streetcars with him over the years, worked with him on special events - always enjoyed his company. Never a negative word uttered from his mouth. We will all miss him so much at the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

The Baltimore Chapter NRHS regrets to report the passing of 53-year member, and long-time Baltimore Streetcar Museum volunteer, Robert Kruger on Friday, Feb. 7th after a valiant battle with cancer.
Preliminary information is that the funeral is scheduled for Saturday, the 15th. Details will follow as confirmed.
Photo from the late 1970s--and he really hadn't changed that much over the decades, especially that smile.

Corner of Wolfe and Eastern at the bottom end of the Route 13 probably around 1954...Upper Fells Point
02/09/2020

Corner of Wolfe and Eastern at the bottom end of the Route 13 probably around 1954...Upper Fells Point

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.'s cover photo
02/09/2020

Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Inc.'s cover photo

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Here are some photos of the ceiling of BSM's bus 1962. Paul Sause continues to continue working on it tirelessly. There is a patch on the roof that has been leaking. After the bus was retired, an air conditioning unit was added and later removed. A patch was applied to cover the opening. The leak has done heavy damage to two of the ceiling panels. These photos show the damage.
I found this among my Father's things. I thought it appropriate to share here. I hope the quality is adequate. Happy reading!
Found this black and white photo I took in the `80's at the museum and morphed it into a line drawing. Great memories.
New Trolley Trail in Catonsville: didn’t realize this line’s goal was to connect to DC 3/1/2020
I thought trolley folks would enjoy this photo...
Does anyone know what type and/or color of ballast used on private ROW e.g. Holabird Ave.? Thanks
Yes I love the uniqueness of the historic streetcar I would like to get Facebook from you as I live in Minnesota
I have a question for the group. Will the damage done to the trolley lines and power shed impact the scheduled opening this season?
Can anyone confirm that the George F. Nixon substation was destroyed in today's CSX derailment?
Looking forward to seeing progress on #26 on May 6th during RR day activities.