Washington, Spa Spring & Gretta Railroad

Washington, Spa Spring & Gretta Railroad (HM1SLP)

Location: Berwyn Heights, MD 20740 Prince George's County
Country: United States of America

N 38° 59.431', W 76° 54.962'

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The Washington Spa Spring & Gretta Railroad (WSSGRR) was a streetcar that served Berwyn Heights, 1912 - 1921. Incorporated in Maryland in 1905, WSSGRR started running from 15th and H Street, NE to Bladensburg in 1910. An extension to Riverdale and Berwyn Heights opened in 1912, using novel Edison-Beach storage battery cars.

Congressman Samuel S. Yoder invested and lost a fortune building the streetcar line, which was to spur development in Berwyn Heights, where Yoder had started buying land in late 1905. The battery-powered cars had trouble climbing "The Heights" to the terminus at 58th Avenue and Berwyn Road. WSSGRR patrons filed complaints and lawsuits because the streetcar routinely failed to carry them to their destinations past Bladensburg.

WSSGRR had difficulty becoming economically viable, as the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad and the Washington Railway & Electric Company (WRECO) served the same territory. Renamed Washington Interurban Railway in October 1912, the company foreclosed in 1915, and was purchased by WRECO in 1916. The service remained substandard and buses replaced the trolleys on the extension in 1921, and on the main trunk in 1923.
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Year Placed1915
Placed ByBerwyn Heights Historical Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 334058 N 4317470
Decimal Degrees38.99051667, -76.91603333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 59.431', W 76° 54.962'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 59' 25.86" N, 76° 54' 57.72" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)301, 240, 703, 202
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5719 Berwyn Rd, Berwyn Heights MD 20740, US
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