H&FRHS Awarded NRHS Grant

The National Railway Historical Society (NRHS) has awarded a Heritage Grant to the Hagerstown & Frederick Railway Historical Society. The $2300 grant will allow the Society to purchase computer hardware and software for cataloging its collection of documents, photos, and artifacts for preservation. The NRHS Heritage Grant will allow us to digitize our collection and make it accessible online. The grant also allows for purchase of technology for documenting the oral histories of people who rode on or remember the trolleys. The Society’s target date for completion of the project is the end of 2021, with an absolute deadline of June 8, 2022. The oral history gathering will be an ongoing project.

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Guest Exhibit at Thurmont Library
A small exhibit of artifacts from the Society Archives at Thurmont Library in November 2019

Spring Archive & Event Activities Suspended

With the ongoing limitations and guidance imposed during the current worldwide crisis, events and talks scheduled for this spring have been cancelled or rescheduled. The H&FRHS has also suspended archives and on-site administrative work and is examining options for holding a remote summer member meeting and election. Members will receive updates regarding the meeting in the next Trolleywire newsletter.

If you have submitted a membership application since March 15, 2020 please use the contact form on this site to ensure you receive the newsletter.

As always, Society and member submitted information and photographs can be found on our Facebook Group.

HFRHS Exhibit at C. Burr Artz Library

The H&FRHS has installed an exhibit at Frederick’s C. Burr Artz Central Public Library located at 110 East Patrick Street in Downtown Frederick.  It will be in place from February 11 until April 29, 2019.

The seven-case exhibit is being hosted by the Maryland Room research archive at that library, and is free to the public during

One of four display cases outside the Maryland Room on the second floor of the C. Burr Artz Library.

One of four display cases outside the Maryland Room on the second floor of the C. Burr Artz Library.

regular library hours. Over 120 objects from the Society collection and four dozen photographs touch on several subjects related to the local trolley system, including:

  • The Early Days (Photos)
  • Time Standing Still & An Electric Finish (Photos)
  • Trolley Memories (H&F Society, Trolley Festival, memorabilia)
  • Trolley Parts and Tracks
  • Passenger Service and Employees
  • Route and Destinations
  • Freight Service

This is the largest exhibit provided by the Society in many years and is being provided in conjunction with a talk about the H&F by Society Vice President Reuben Moss as part of the FCHSC Master Docent Series at the nearby Delaplaine Center on February 23 (https://www.visitfrederick.org/master-docent-series-2019/)

The Society often provides a small mobile exhibit of select items from the archives to festivals and events, and keeps a small display at the entrance of Hobbytown USA on Prospect St. in Frederick.  In the future the Society hopes to find a larger home for our archives which would allow us to develop a research center as well as hold periodic open house events centered around artifact exhibits such as the one currently on display.

For directions and library hours visit: https://www.fcpl.org/branches-hours/c-burr-artz-public-library

Freight Motor 5 receives new doors.

The Town of Thurmont has replaced the doors on Freight Motor 5 due to unexpected wear to those previously added to the car.  The new ‘barn’ style doors have been painted and will continue to protect the interior of the car.  The original doors seen on Motor 5 in historic photographs were removed and lost long before the car came to Thurmont.  Further work is planned for the car in coming years including eventual public access and interior renovation as well as the replacement of several missing exterior components.

In 2017 the H&FRHS assisted the Town in selecting colors resembling those the car was documented wearing in service.  The car was donated to the Town of Thurmont by the Society after acquiring it from Railways to Yesterday, Inc. over a decade ago.  It was constructed in Frederick in 1920 and served the entire H&F system, being retired from Frederick-Thurmont service in 1955.

Motor 5 can be found beside the Thurmont Fire Company Carnival Grounds on the former site of the Hagerstown & Frederick Railway Passenger Station.  The Thurmont Trolley Trail and Memorial Park are located  immediately across Main Street.

The Hagerstown and Frederick Railway Fund Established

Freight Motor 5 and HFRHS display
Preserving the past is as important as planning the future, and the electric railway system known as the Hagerstown and Frederick Railway was vital in the development of these communities. To help preserve this history, The H&F Railway Fund has been established with The Community Foundation of Frederick County and becomes one of more than 700 funds under management.
The fund was created by Alex Postpischil, one of the founders of The Hagerstown & Frederick Railway Historical Society (H&FRHS), located in Frederick, Maryland. Grants from the fund will assist H&FRHS with preserving the heritage and history of the electric railway system that served these communities in the first half of the 20th century. Potential  grant uses will include preservation efforts of artifacts and surviving trolleys as well as information signage and educational programs.  The 87½ mile network of passenger and freight trolley service was a vital link for farmers, merchants, and students.    Learn more at www.hfrhs.org.
To make a secure, online donation to The H&F Railway Fund, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org/HFRailway. Checks made payable to The Community Foundation of Frederick County may be mailed to 312 East Church Street, Frederick, Maryland, 21701, with the name of the specific fund on the memo line. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. To learn more about how the Community Foundation impacts Frederick County, visit www.FrederickCountyGives.org.

Car 150 Undergoing Renovation

Car 150 in the process of being partially dismantled for cosmetic renovation and modification for use by the Town of Myersville

Car 150 in the process of being partially dismantled for cosmetic renovation and modification for use by the Town of Myersville

The Town of Myersville, Maryland has purchased H&F #150 and is in the process of renovating the car for use as a reading area in the new Myersville Library slated to open in August of 2019.  Members of the H&FRHS are in contact with the town and have been providing technical information on componants that the 44′ 1918 coach is missing.