INTERURBAN RAILWAYS IN DC/MARYLAND/VIRGINIA


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Several electric railways connected Washington DC with suburbs in Maryland and Virginia. Most replacement bus service eventually became part of publicly owned Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), covered in the Washington DC section of this Web site.


MARYLAND

CUMBERLAND & WESTERNPORT ELECTRIC RAILWAY
Cumberland-Westernport (1902-1926)

Reorganized 1925 as Cumberland & Westernport Transit Co.

Replacement bus companies:
Cumberland & Westernport Transit Co. (1925-1953)

HAGERSTOWN & FREDERICK RAILWAY CO.
Hagerstown-Boonsboro (1902-1938)
Hagerstown-Shady Grove PA (1906-1932)
Hagerstown-Williamsport (1907-1947)
Frederick-Middletown (1899-1945)
Middletown-Myersville (1904-1945)
Myersville-Hagerstown (1907-1938)
Middletown-Jefferson (1907-1940)
Frederick-Thurmont (1910-1954)

Reorganized 1923 as part of Potomac Edison Co.

Replacement bus companies:
Blue Ridge Transportation Co. (1923-1955)
Greyhound Lines (after 1955)

WASHINGTON BALTIMORE & ANNAPOLIS ELECTRIC RAILWAY
Washington-Baltimore/Annapolis (1908-1935)
Baltimore-Annapolis (1907-1950)

Company was reorganized as Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad in 1935.

Replacement bus companies:
Washington Baltimore & Annapolis Electric Railway (1927-1935)
Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad (1935-1973)

In 1973, service was taken over by publicly owned Maryland Mass Transit Administration.


VIRGINIA

BRISTOL TRACTION CO.
Bristol-Big Creek (1912-1918)

RICHMOND & CHESAPEAKE BAY RAILWAY
Richmond-Ashland (1907-1938)

VIRGINIA ELECTRIC POWER CO.
Richmond-Petersburg (1902-1936)

Replacement bus companies:
Virginia Electric Power Co. (1935-1944)
Virginia Transit Co. (after 1944)


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