April 7, 2016, North East Between 4th and 5th

By: badkins55

Apr 07 2016

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Category: Frederick, Maryland


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This is a little reminder of Frederick’s not-too-far-in-the-past industrial past.

Have you ever wondered about those train tracks in the middle of East Street?  When were they last used?  My sons and I remember driving to grade school and as we traveled south on East Street there would be a line of parked cars on our right and a moving train in the middle of the street on our left.  This happened regularly and well into the 1990’s.

And notice that I said we were traveling on East Street?  Back then East Street stopped at Patrick to the south.  There was only East Street, no North East Street and no South East Street.

And that is the end of today’s history lesson…

6 comments on “April 7, 2016, North East Between 4th and 5th”

  1. I often looked at the curved tracks as I dart down E 5th St towards the back of the fairgrounds. Sometimes I wonder what Frederick was like during the streetcar days and what life was like then.

  2. I was driving on East street during the summer of 1984 and shared the road
    With a diesel train engine. It was traveling slowly and wasn’t pulling anything.
    It felt strange driving next to that big machine.

  3. Yes! I remember Clorox tankers being hauled to and from the plant.

  4. There’s a frog in the road

  5. I also saw a few engins moving boxcars along those tracks years ago. In the more distant past, there was train service north on those tracks through Walkersvile and points north.

  6. In the 50s and 60s here were coal yards just south of Patrick, where the hoppers would be emptied from rail cars of coal. And in mid-60s, a siding along East St above 5th was where I unloaded many cases of Campbell soup from boxcars for the warehouse where I worked. Trains along the middle of East St were commonplace.

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