Hagerstown: Railroading Around the Hub City (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Hagerstown: Railroading Around the Hub City (Images of Rail)

Hagerstown, Maryland's history is inextricably linked to therailroad. Hagerstown's nickname of the "Hub City" comes from thewheel-spoke effect that the many rail lines in and out of the citycreated. The first train cars from the Baltimore & OhioRailroad reached the limits of Washington County on December 3,1834, where the line crossed into Harper's Ferry, West Virginia.The railroad was instrumental in transporting both goods andpassengers and helped spell the demise of the C & O Canal.Through the years, the railroads continued to ply the tracksthrough the county providing work for many, and transportation offreight and passenger service from Baltimore in the east to thegreat expanse of the country to the west. Today, passenger serviceno longer runs through Hagerstown, but freight service continuesand trains are far from forgotten.Using archival photographs, Hagerstown: Railroading around theHub City presents the distinctive stories from the past that shapethe character of this community today. Local author Mary H. Rubinhas culled vintage images primarily from the Hagerstown RoundhouseMuseum and the Maryland Cracker Barrel magazine in this historicalretrospective. She manages to preserve a bit of history for railenthusiasts and all who read this volume.