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Cumberland, Maryland (Streetcars and Buses)

Streetcars and Buses Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


2. What outstanding events involving streetcars occurred in Cumberland?

On July 4, 1891, the first streetcars were in operation in Cumberland.

On June 20, 1899, Louis Pressman, motorman on the South End, Virginia and Maryland Avenue line, was frightfully crushed at noon. Pressman's car jumped the tracks on Maryland Avenue near the rolling mill. He stayed with the car, trying to stop it, but the car ran about 85 feet after jumping the tracks, pressman, seeing the car about to collide with a telephone pole, jumped from the car, but unfortunately jumped the wrong way, and was caught between the front of the car and the pole. Pressman, who was 23 years old, was in very serious condition.

On June 6, 1901, two new summer streetcars for the Cumberland Electric Line arrived.

On November 15, 1901, stoves were placed in both streetcars running to South Cumberland, which made the cars very comfortable.

On Saturday, December 7, 1901, at 7:00 PM, at the Georges Creek Railroad crossing on North Mechanic Street, a locomotive backing a half dozen empty coal cars collided with a Southbound Cumberland Electric streetcar. On board the car were motorman Charles O'Donnell, conductor John Thomas, and ten passengers. While the passengers were not injured, both the motorman and the conductor were badly injured, but it was hoped they would be able to perform their assigned duties soon.

On March 14, 1902, the trolley pole of a streetcar of the Cumberland Electric Railway Company slipped from the trolley wire on the Baltimore Street B&O Railroad crossing. The streetcar was bound for South Cumberland. When the trolley jumped from the wire, the car came to a complete stop on the crossing.


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Miller, Herman J.

Mayor and Council, City of Cumberland


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27 x 20 cms

Stegmaier, Harry

Cumberland (Md.), history

Cumberland (Md.), 1700-1976

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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