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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

End of the Line: c.1955

End of the Line: c.1955

This afternoon image shows the Baltimore Traction Company's semi-convertible 5745 at the Catonsville Junction. The photographer's vantage point aligns with 1603 Edmondson Ave. The No. 14 line right-of-way parallels Edmondson Avenue for the first few miles of its easterly (inbound) trip. The house just left of center can also be seen here. All the houses in this scene are still standing. Jim Burke lived in the bungalow on the right until he passed away about seven years ago. He was a combat medic who fought his way across Europe with the Second Infantry division, from the Normandy beaches to Czechoslovakia. View full size.

 
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