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H&FRR No. 5

Hagerstown and Frederick Railway Motor Freight No. 5

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Today H&FRR Motor Freight No. 5 sits on a track segment within the footprint of the
H&F Trolley Station that was located on East Main Street in Thurmont.

A look forward before we discuss the past: Thurmont Main Street and the Thurmont EDC envision No. 5 as a centerpiece of Main Street, providing a link to our rich history as an agricultural community with a strong industrial base served by a unique transportation link vital to Frederick County and Central Maryland.  Eventual plans call for public access to the car so visitors can view historic images and films of Thurmont, the trolley system, the Western Maryland Railroad and daily life as our early residents knew it.  Situated in the center of Thurmont within walking distance of the Trolley Trail, Memorial Park, GHC Activity Grounds and our historic downtown  No. 5 will serve as a starting point for visitors to our community.

Now to the beginning:  The original railroad tracks that passed by this spot were laid to service the Catoctin Furnace Iron Works located at Catoctin Furnace located 5 miles South of Thurmont. The tracks were built to move supplies and finished products between the furnace and the Western Maryland Railroad. The early line was called the Monocacy Valley RR and for the first years of service the cars were pulled by mules.  A few years later steam power was introduced on the Monocacy Valley RR.

Photographs of the Hagerstown & Frederick Railroad, Western Maryland Railroad and the Monocacy Valley Railroad are part of the 3,500+ images available online in the
Robert S. Kinnaird Collection of Historic Thurmont Images.
Visit the collection at www.thurmontimages.com 

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