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|H&F 150 is one of four surviving trolleys. It was constructed in 1918 and purchased by the H&F Railway in 1923. Although it is privately owned, the H&FRHS has assisted the owners with minor upkeep and preservation efforts over the years.|
The Hagerstown & Frederick Railway began as several smaller companies who were merged to form an 87 1/2 mile network of passenger and freight trolley service serving nearly two dozen communities and many industries and farms until the mid 1950s. We provide technical and historical information, presentations and educational materials about this system and its history to members and the public.
The trolley line provided a vital link for the area's farmers, merchants and students for nearly 60 years. As our region has grown, much of the history has been lost to apathy and development. Less than a dozen original structures and only 4 "trolley" cars are known to remain in restorable condition.
Anyone is welcome to join the H&FRHS! Our membership includes historians, collectors, modelers, railfans, and interested residents. Membership shows your support for our efforts, and help us to continue our efforts to preserve and promote this valuable history.
Members recieve our periodic TROLLEYWIRE Newsletter containing information on H&F history, events, Society information and current activities related to the railway. Members are also invited to take part in trips, projects, and outreach opportunities. We also provide members with reference information for research and maintain an archive of artifacts and documents related to the H&F and its predecessors which is available for member visits with a reservation.
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|A Society member dressed as an H&F motorman discusses the railway with visitors during a display at C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick, December 2016.|
As part of our continuing mission to promote the history of the Hagerstown & Frederick Railway and locate new resources and memoirs to document, the H&FRHS takes part in several regional events throughout the year, setting up community-specific educational displays at festivals such as Frederick's In The Street and Hagerstown Railroad Heritage Days. We also have a small exhibit at the entrance of Hobbytown USA in Frederick, MD.
Our Society also provides presentations at the request of other historical societies and organizations. These presentations vary depending on the target audience and host.
We are constantly seeking individuals who have memories or family stories regarding the local trolleys. If you have memories you would like for us to document, please write us at P.O. Box 1314, Frederick, MD 21702. We can meet you at your home or a location of your choice and will use multimedia recording to document your memories to preserve them for future generations. The Society also is interested in acquiring items related to the local trolley system, and the value of objects donated can be tax deductible.
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