Last Trolley Interviews

On February 20, 1954 the last trolleys left Frederick for a round trip to Thurmont and back. Short remarks were made by officials at Thurmont regarding the end of trolley service and at Hood College students met the trolleys with flowers and songs.

During the trip, Hagerstown resident and Frederick native Carroll James, whose father was employed by the railway, was aboard car 172 interviewing dignitaries during the trip for Hagerstown radio station WJEJ. Mr. James went on to become a radio DJ in Washington D.C. where he had the honor of being the first to interview the Beatles live on air during their US visit almost exactly 10 years after the Last Trolley trip.

Listen to the radio broadcast that aired the following day:

Carroll James (second from right) conducting interviews aboard #172 during the last trip. Top center Potomac Edison company president R. Paul Smith is holding conversations alongside Mr. James. Below, Mr. James can be seen at the bottom left seated in the car.