In Collection: Car 7059, Ca. 1920, in this image, similar Car 7041 is pictured.
Image Credit: George Nixon, Maryland Rail Heritage Library
This car, part of an order of 100 steel trailers built by Brill for the United, represented the last application of trailers, or unpowered cars, in Baltimore. Designed to seat 60 passengers and to be towed by specially-equipped semi-convertibles, the trailers carried a conductor who could signal the tow car’s motorman through special electrical contacts between the cars. Braking was controlled by the tow car. Originally introduced on the No. 26 Sparrows Point line, trailers saw service on a total of eight routes before being retired. Uncomfortable seating, coupled with towing problems due to inadequately powered semi-convertibles, rendered the trailers both unpopular and troublesome, and the last were withdrawn from service in 1931, after putting in barely a decade of work on the streets of Baltimore. No. 7059 survived on a number of guises, the last being, for many years, as Jack’s Corn Stand, at Reisterstown and McDonogh Roads in Baltimore County, before being acquired by the BSM in 1985.