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|On the morning of May 9, 1887, 25 passengers boarded engine No. 1, the pride of the newly completed Annapolis & Baltimore Short Line Railroad. Pulling out of the Bladen Street Station in Annapolis bound for Baltimore; this maiden run marked the beginning of 63 years of passenger service on what would become known as the B&A Short Line Railroad.|
This rail line was the first major direct transportation route between the state capital in Annapolis and the city of Baltimore. The years between 1918 and the late 1920’s proved to be the most prosperous times for the railroad.
Passenger trains ran hourly between 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and an estimated 1,750,000 passengers a year used the line. It was during these years that Anne Arundel County developed an intricate web of transportation routes via steamboats, bus lines and rail service.
Matthew George, Trails Historian