Baltimore Streetcar Museum, Baltimore

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The Baltimore Streetcar Museum is a non-profit museum located at 1901 Falls Road in Baltimore, Maryland. The museum is dedicated to preserving Baltimore's public transportation history, especially the streetcar era. The museum is open Noon to 5 P.M. every Sunday of the year and Noon to 5 P.M. Saturdays, as well Sundays, June through October.The original Museum collection had been under the stewardship of the United Railways and Electric Company, then the Baltimore Transit Company and finally, for a short time, the Maryland Historical Society. Finally the Baltimore Streetcar Museum was founded in 1966 by several members of the Baltimore Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. The collection was moved from Robert E. Lee Park near Lake Roland in 1968 to the present Falls Road Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad site and public operations began in July 1970. Before public operations could commence, many hours of volunteer work were necessary to build operating track and install overhead wire which, at first, provided only short ride for visitors. Over the years, the Museum has incrementally extended its line along Falls Road that includes now turning loops at the north and south ends of its line. Completion of the Museum's entire streetcar line was realized in October 2008 with the completion of its double tracking project, which took many years to complete. The track gauge is, which is unique.
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  • We went with a large group of people, mostly children. The kids were all fascinated and loved taking the street car rides. The staff (all volunteers) knew a tremendous amount of history and informatio...  more »
  • A great ride into streetcar history! The volunteers here not only repair vintage streetcars but share their knowledge about the city transportation before the proliferation of automobiles. The cover e...  more »
  • This is the place to go to ride a bit of history. Baltimore's street car past is well represented here. Volunteers and staff let you understand why Baltimore is what it is.  more »
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  • Excellent place to bring the family, litterally something for people of all ages. Kids will enjoy riding the streetcars and adults will enjoy learning about the history of Baltimore's electric rail.
  • Love it! Best kept secret in Baltimore
  • Really neat small streetcar museum tucked along the river. Rode three streetcars and took guided tour of restoration shop. Don't miss the tour, beautiful work being done!
  • Had my birthday there when I was 5 about 20 years ago... I remember having the best party ever... Really need to go back again some time
  • Small, but worth the visit. Interesting to learn the history of streetcars in general, the electrification of the rails nationwide compared to cable cars, and their history in Baltimore. Really fun to ride on several different vehicles, from old trolleys to the streetcars.

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For quick and easy access to practically all of Baltimore's major attractionswhile on holiday, follow the example of most tourists and stay near the Inner Harbor neighborhood. Few cities boast such a well-defined tourist district, it shouldn't come as a surprise that all the major chain hotels in the city are located right in this busy neighborhood. If you prefer to stay in a quieter area offering a bit more local character, consider one of the city's outlying districts, offering affordable accommodations and plenty of dining and shopping options.
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