Suburban Coach #150

Type: Closed CoachCapacity: 44 PassengersPurchased in:
Built by:Perley A. Thomas Car Works in 1918 for Columbia Street Railway Gas & Electric Co.


Length (bumper): 44'00"(Platform): (Post):
Width: Height from Rail to platform:,to roof: Steps: 1


2 trucksModel: Taylorpurchased H&F in 1923Wheel base:
Wheel Diameter: Axle Diameter: Car Weight: lbs.


This car had 4 motors.Motor model: Westinghouse 306Gear ratio: Motor HP: 50 each


Controller Model: K35H1Compressor: Air Gove.:
Also owned by:
Other notes: Retired 1939, preserved in Myersville

The four cars of the 150-153 series were built by the Perley A. Thomas Car Works in 1918 to serve the Columbia Street Railway Gas & Electric Company in South Carolina.  During WW1 these cars served on the “Camp Express” from Columbia to nearby Camp Jackson.

In 1923 the Hagerstown & Frederick Railway purchased the cars and assigned them to Hagerstown area service, most notably Boonsboro and Funkstown runs.

150 was moved to Frederick following the closure of Boonsboro and Funkstown service in 1938 and was seen in the area as late as 1940 before being sold for scrap value.

H&F #150 in the Public Library

H&F #150 inside of the Public Library

The 150-153 series served various uses after retirement and there is some confusion surrounding exactly which cars were used as a restaurant and later a hose drying shed for a Frederick fire company.

What is known is that 150 was discovered as a portion of a home near Gambrill State Park.  Prominent Frederick County businessman Donald Easterday purchased the car in the early 1990s and in 1993 moved it to his property in Myersville where it became the centerpiece of the Myersville Trolley Festival through 2011.  The H&FRHS assisted the Easterday family in maintaining the car until it was purchased and relocated by the Town of Myersville in 2017.  Beginning in Summer of 2019 the car was open to the public as a permanant display inside of the Myersville Public Library.

Photographs of the car before being moved to the library: