About the Museum

Through a combination of exhibits, displays, tours, video and photographic presentations, archive materials and, of course, streetcar rides on authentic Baltimore streetcars, the museum gives visitors a compelling sense of how previous generations traveled throughout the growing metropolis of Baltimore.  A permanent collection of Baltimore street railway vehicles and artifacts represents one of the most comprehensive histories of an American city’s transportation past to be found anywhere.

There are many civic treasures we take for granted in Baltimore, one of which is the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, whose collection of vintage streetcars can be seen Sunday afternoons swaying down its Falls Road track with clanging bells and happy riders.
— Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun
 Boarding a trackless trolley in the late 1940s. Image Credit: BSM Archives

Boarding a trackless trolley in the late 1940s.
Image Credit: BSM Archives

COLLECTION HIGHLIGHTS

The Baltimore Streetcar Museum boasts one of the most complete collections representing a single city’s rail transit history to be found anywhere.  Some highlights of our vintage fleet:

·      Home to one of the first Baltimore horsecars (No. 25, built circa 1859), one of the oldest street railway vehicles to be found in any museum collection.

 BSM Member Justin Thillman Working on collection car 554. Image Credit: John La Costa

BSM Member Justin Thillman Working on collection car 554.
Image Credit: John La Costa

·      Home to one streetcar to have seen service under all three types of motive power used by Baltimore’s street railways – horse, cable, and electric (No. 417).

·      Home to three of only five surviving streetcars produced by the Brownell Car Manufacturing Company (Nos. 554, 264, and 1050).

·      Home to two open (“summer”) streetcars (Nos. 554 and 1164), a type of car rarely seen in museum collections.

·      Home to both of the two Baltimore Transit Company (BTC) work vehicles to be preserved (No. 3715, electric crane car; and No. 501, overhead line truck).

·      Home to a (still-operational) Philadelphia Transit Company (PTC) snow sweeper, similar to the ones that plied Baltimore streets during winter blizzards (No. C-145).

·      Home to one of Baltimore’s two original trackless trolley vehicles (No. 4802), which commenced service in 1922.

·      Home to one of the first mass-produced, single-operator, “all-steel” streetcars used in Baltimore (No. 6119).

·      Home to one of Baltimore’s “modern” trackless trolley vehicles (No. 2078), which ran until 1959.

·      Home to the only surviving pre-World War II, air-brake, conventional Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) streetcar (No. 7407), which was also the last streetcar to operate in Baltimore, on November 3, 1963.

·      Home to one of the original diesel buses to replace the last streetcars in operation in1963 (No. 1962).

·     And our collection is still growing!

 BSM Member Dave Wilson restoring a collection car. Image Credit: John La Costa

BSM Member Dave Wilson restoring a collection car. Image Credit: John La Costa