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

07/31/2021

BSM is opening up 8/15 - you know where I’ll be!!! Come on down and enjoy!!!

07/31/2021

Who is ready to ride a streetcar???? BSM is opening Sunday, August 15, 2021 for regular operations from 12-5!!! Be aware that Falls Road is still closed from points North…the only access is from Lafayette Ave…please come take a ride! COVID and a massive sewer project have kept us closed (but actively restoring the cars, working on projects and keeping the place active). We can’t wait to see you!!!

Help beautify our substation!!! Unfortunately the graffiti artists have tagged our new substation building repeatedly. W...
06/15/2021

Help beautify our substation!!! Unfortunately the graffiti artists have tagged our new substation building repeatedly. We are raising money to put a nice transit-themed mural on this building as part of our Beautification Committee’s efforts to improve the look of the museum and deter graffiti.

Our Beautification Committee is led by Andrew Nawn with assistance by several of our younger volunteers. Please consider a donation to this worthwhile effort!!!

Help beautify our substation!!! Unfortunately the graffiti artists have tagged our new substation building repeatedly. We are raising money to put a nice transit-themed mural on this building as part of our Beautification Committee’s efforts to improve the look of the museum and deter graffiti.

Our Beautification Committee is led by Andrew Nawn with assistance by several of our younger volunteers. Please consider a donation to this worthwhile effort!!!

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.

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...

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

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...

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!!!!

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1901 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD
21211

Opening Hours

Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

(410) 547-0264

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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.