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Trackless Trolleys of Baltimore

Here is a great series of photos we uncovered on Flickr thanks to Kevin Mueller. He has some terrific photos, so check them out.
Introducing Baltimore's new trackless trolley with vest pocket guide to the Caroline-Preston-Gilmor St. no. 21 line, in effect, March 6, 1938

Vest Pocket Guide to Baltimore’s New Trackless Trolley

Introducing Baltimore's new trackless trolley with vest pocket guide to the Caroline-Preston-Gilmor St. no. 21 line, in effect, March 6, 1938

Inside a 1905 Baltimore Streetcar

Photograph of the interior, from the front platform to the center, of a United Railways and Electric Company standard Brill semi-convertible car in Baltimore, Maryland.

Then and Now: Howard St. and Saratoga St.

Photograph taken looking north at tracklaying on Howard Street at its intersection with Saratoga Street in Baltimore, Maryland. On the northwest corner at number 300 North Howard Street is Chas. Willms & Co., manufacturers...

Amazing Lost Baltimore Streetcars

Incredible series of photos from 1915 showing Baltimore streetcars across the city. Published by the president of the United Railways & Electric Company.
1943 Elevated streetcar of Baltimore

Elevated Streetcar of Baltimore in 1943

This cool old image of Baltimore shows an elevated streetcar. Source: Library of Congress From my Googling around, it looks like this is near the 200 block of Guilford Ave. What do you think?...
In October of 1963 Number 8 street cars still were a familiar sight in Towson. But soon they would be replaced by buses. (Robert F. Kniesche/Baltimore Sun)

Streetcars in Towson Back in 1963

This great old photo shows the old streetcars of Baltimore running through Towson back in October of 1963. A short one month later, President Kennedy would be assassinated in Dallas.

Downtown Baltimore in the 1940s

This is what Baltimore looked like some time in the 1940s. The first one below is labeled Guilford and Fayette. Source: Flickr user Kevin Mueller This second one is Howard St. Source: Flickr user...
Baltimore transit in Walbrook

Baltimore Streetcars in the 1960s

Here is a beautiful series of photos that we found on Flickr showing the city’s old streetcars. The one below was taken just a few weeks before President Kennedy would be shot. Source: Flickr...

1910 Trolley Map of Baltimore and Suburbs … Wow

Wow. This is amazing. Click on it for a much larger version. Source: Johns Hopkins Sheridan Library
April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Trolleys inside the Park Terminal at night." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.

Park Terminal at Night in 1943

Check out this beautiful photo of trolleys at night. This was taken in April of 1943. Source: Shorpy
This double-ended, 1918 vintage Baltimore Traction Company Brill streetcar has just begun its in-bound journey from Ellicott City, Maryland, heading east to Baltimore on the No. 9 line. Positioned here at 8304 Main Street, car 5706 is about to plunge down a fairly steep grade (about 5%) that bottoms out at the Patapsco River crossing seen here. It must climb a longer but less arduous slope on the other side.

Ellicott City Trolley (1955)

Here are a couple cool old photos that we dug up on Shorpy. It’s a vintage 1910s streetcar running in 1955. Source: Shorpy Source: Shorpy
Catonsville, Maryland, C. 1915. These no-nonsense chaps manned streetcars for the Baltimore Traction company. In those days, two-man crews were the norm, with a motorman at the tiller and a conductor to collect tickets and to be the first line of customer service. The car's signage references Hillen, York, and Frederick Roads, all of which still exist today in the city of Baltimore. Without additional documentation, it's not clear exactly how a streetcar would traverse those as part of one route.

Catonsville Streetcar Men Circa 1915

Here’s an old photo of men that manned the Baltimore streetcars back around 1915.
The Catonsville Junction was the terminus for the Baltimore Traction Company's streetcar lines 8, 9, and 14. On this 1950s summer day, a light grey over pencil-yellow Pullman-built PCC (Presidential Car Commission) streetcar departs southbound on the private, quarter mile right-of-way that emptied onto Frederick Road and continued eastward into the city of Baltimore. The little Belgian block gabled structure on the right is still there today, as are the houses in the center rear. The Amoco structure has been replaced by a modern Seven-Eleven convenience store.

Catonsville Junction in the 1950s

This is an excellent old photo of Catonsville Junction, the terminus of the old Baltimore Traction Company’s streetcar lines. Source: Shorpy
1943 Baltimore trackless trolley

Trackless Trolley to Roland Park

Check out this great photograph from 1943. It shows a group of people getting ready to board the trackless trolley to Roland Park. Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore trolley leaves the terminal at night

Cool Photo of Trolley Leaving Terminal at Night

What a cool photo. You should save this as your desktop wallpaper. It shows an old trolley leaving a terminal at night. This photo is labeled April, 1943. Source: Library of Congress
Baltimore streetcars

Cool Video of Baltimore Streetcars in 1960

At it’s peak in 1929, Baltimore’s streetcar system had over 400 miles of track. Sadly, like all great American cities, the system was shut down in November 1963 in favor of a bus system....