Saturday, November 10, 2018

Preservation Maryland's 2018 Plans for the Phillips Packing Company in Cambridge, MD

Wow! I absolutely love the plan for the former Phillips Packing Company property in Cambridge, MD. They're going to include the old smokestacks that are still standing today. It a shame there's no chance of getting a rail-served industry back in town, but boy is this impressive!

Chesapeake Bay Magazine 11.6.18 Phillips Packing House Named Threatened Historic Place

Saturday, October 6, 2018

2018 Hurlock (MD) Fall Fest Train Ride Update

Here's an update on the 2018 Hurlock Fall Fest Train rides on Saturday, 10/6/18. Note that only the first 70 people in line for the trains will be permitted to ride.

They had an issue with one of the passenger cars.

Here's a link to their website:

Monday, October 1, 2018

Hurlock (MD) 2018 Fall Festival

I may miss posting this every year, but mark the date: Saturday, October 6, 2018, for the Hurlock (MD) Fall Festival. The Maryland & Delaware Railroad will run trains between Hurlock, MD & Federalsburg, MD at 11 AM, 12:30 PM, 2 PM, 3:30 PM, & 5 PM.

Here's a link to the Visit Dorchester County website (run by the Dorchester County Office of Tourism):

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Phillips Packing Company Army-Navy E Award from World War II

Phillips Packing Company ad for winning the Army-Navy E Award from World War II from the collection of Sally Glynn. It's hard to believe that twelve years after the war's end, Phillips Canning would be no more & part of Consolidate Foods.

I made mention of this award when I talked about Phillips Packing back in 2017, but it's neat to see this ad promoting the award.

Phillips Canning Ad for the Army-Navy E Award

Monday, September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day 2018!

Mechanic on ladder servicing K4s engine, by Don Wood, undated photo, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Collection
(Neg. 0391, Box 2, RR2016.18)

Happy Labor Day 2018 everyone! I'm sharing this photo from the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania. It's a photo by the famous late Don Wood of a machinist working on a Class K4s (4-6-2). It's not labeled, but it could be in South Amboy, NJ in the early 1950's because that was a place that Don frequented at this time. Either way, what a neat shot (like a lot of Don's photos).

Monday, August 6, 2018

Cambridge, MD Station on June 10, 1965, by John P. Stroup

From the Morning Sun book: “Trackside on the PRR Delmarva Lines 1965-1967 with John P. Stroup”

This is a photo of the Cambridge station on June 10, 1965, by John P. Stroup on Page 113 of the excellent Morning Sun book “Trackside on the PRR Delmarva Lines 1965-1967 with John P. Stroup” (2008, ISBN 1-58248-162-8). It's located on (roughly) the corner of Trenton Street & Market Street/Maryland Avenue in downtown Cambridge, adjacent to Cambridge Creek.

If you haven't read or own a copy of this book (or the other Morning Sun book “Pennsylvania Railroad Facilities in Color, Volume 4: Chesapeake Division" by Robert J. Yanosey [2009]), you need to buy it.

At the time of John's photo, the PRR had already sold the station to Trailways bus company & they were using it as a ticket agency & bus stop. It would change hands over the years & now is occupied by Charles C. Powell Realtors.

What I like with this shot is that you can see the PRR's freight station adjacent to the passenger station. Look at the "Railway Express" sign on the side of the building facing the passenger station! The PRR was using the freight station as a freight agency & the crew sign-up location for the trains running on the Secondary Track (down to only one crew at this time in the PRR's history).

Unfortunately, the freight station doesn't stand today, but it's neat to see things from the past. (Man - I wish I owned that "Railway Express" sign!).

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th of July 2018!

"Declaration of Independence," by John Trumbull, 1818

Happy 4th of July everyone! This the "Declaration of Independence," by John Trumbull in 1818 (oil on canvas, 12' x 18'). It was placed in the U.S. Capitol's Rotunda in 1826. What's interesting is this actually depicts June 28, 1776 (not July 4, 1776 as a lot of folks [including me] thinks is the actual date of this painting).