Access by train/transit:
Penn Station is about 4 or 5 blocks away
The North Avenue light rail stop is within walking distance
The car we now have numbered 7303, is a car we acquired from Texas in
2002. The car had been used in El Paso as car number 1503. When
the cars were retired from service in El Paso, 1503 was sold to a realtor,
and used as a real estate office for 25 years in Cloudcroft, NM. Before service in El
Paso, the car was originally used in San Diego CA.
The original 7303 was a "Westinghouse" car, with the controls being made by
Westinghouse vs cars using equipment manufactured by GE.
There is a lot of work that needs to be done in order for 7303 to be put
back into revenue service, as the pictures below illustrate.
As of early 2019, the old roof has been removed, the interior has been
cleaned, and much of the interior metal framing has been sanded and primered
with industrial grade paint, not the stuff you get at a home improvement center.
In the middle of February 2019, 7303 was finally moved inside the carbarn once
car #26 was shipped to Columbia PA for painting and bodywork.
During 2020, everybody managed to the get the interior lights installed, and
then the ceiling and roof were installed. The trolley pole was put
back on the top and wired in.
Late in 2021, body work was started on, including the doors and stairwells.
Through much of the progress, Rob Catlin has been keeping everyone up to
date on the progress via Facebook, however, now everyone likes to go there,
or has an account there, so I have put what I can find on this page.
If you look at the early progress reports, you will notice that John Roth has been
busy way before 7303 ever made it into the carbarn for restoration to start.
He needs to be commended for his unwavering support and leadership on this project!
Thanks to Rob, John Engleman, John Roth and especially Bryan Cooper for his
tireless efforts with both working on parts of the car, and rounding up all
of these FB posts so they may be included here.
From the north side of Baltimore, take the JFX - the Jones Falls Expressway,
south. Get off at the North Avenue exit, and take a left onto North
Avenue at the first traffic light. Get over to your right after going
under I-83. Take a right onto Maryland Ave, it's the third light, and
a one way street going to your right. Go down to the next light, which
is W Lafayette Ave, and take a right, this will take you down to Falls Road.
Take a right onto Falls Road, and the museum will be on your right side
I love trains, and I love signals. I am not an expert. My webpages reflect what I find on the topic of the page. This is something I have fun with while
trying to help others.
Please Note: Since the main focus of my two websites is railroad signals, the railfan guides are oriented towards the signal fan being able to locate them.
For those of you into the modeling aspect of our hobby, my indexa page has a list of almost everything railroad oriented
I can think of to provide you with at least a few pictures to help you detail your pike.
If this is a railfan page, every effort has been made to make sure that the information contained on this map and in this railfan guide is correct. Once in a while,
an error may creep in :-)
My philosophy: Pictures and maps are worth a thousand words, especially for railfanning. Text descriptions only get you so far, especially if you get lost or
disoriented. Take along good maps.... a GPS is OK to get somewhere, but maps are still better if you get lost! I belong to AAA, which allows you to get
local maps for free when you visit the local branches. ADC puts out a nice series of county maps for the Washington DC area, but their state maps do not have the
railroads on them. If you can find em, I like the National Geographic map book of the U.S..... good, clear, and concise graphics, and they do a really good job
of showing you where tourist type attractions are, although they too lack the railroads. Other notes about specific areas will show up on that page if known.
Aerial shots were taken from either Google or Bing Maps as noted. Screen captures are made
with Snagit, a Techsmith product... a great tool if you have never used it!
By the way, floobydust is a term I picked up 30-40 years ago from a National Semiconductor data book, and means miscellaneous
and/or other stuff.
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