Derailed Trolley: Montrose Rd & Rt 355
This special post is a part of the blog feature called, “Rockville’s Past Through the Lens of Lewis Reed”. I wanted to share these photographs, because they offer a visual history of a part of Rockville’s transportation past.
Traveling in snow was sometimes hazardous to trolley cars, as evidenced by this trolley which derailed the train tracks and plowed into a telephone pole at Montrose Road and Rockville Pike. Lewis Reed was there to capture the accident from two different perspectives using a five-by-four box camera which produced images on a glass plate.
In populated areas, street cars kept speeds to 12 mph (6 mph at intersections), but in open country they could get up to 40 mph.