WM in Baltimore

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WM in Baltimore

Postby ExCon90 » Tue May 08, 2012 2:07 pm

This is a "just wondering" question: In passenger days, did WM staff a separate ticket window at Penn Station in Baltimore, or just pay the PRR to sell tickets and handle baggage?
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Re: WM in Baltimore

Postby mmi16 » Fri May 25, 2012 7:35 pm

I may be mistaken - I don't believe the WM used Penn Station in Baltimore.

They had their own small station at Hillen Steet. I have seen pictures of it but can't describe exacty where it was.
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Re: WM in Baltimore

Postby edbear » Fri May 25, 2012 9:44 pm

WM did use Penn. Station in Baltimore. I just checked my March 1954 Official Guide and there were still a few passenger trains running and they stopped at Penn. Station after leaving Hillen Street. I am not up on Baltimore, but I wound up with a stack of the PRR Technical & Historical group's magazines (up in attic and I'm not going there tonight). I seem to remember that about 15 - 20 years back, there were several issues devoted to Baltimore from pre-PRR days to the Amtrak era including coverage of the construction and history of Penn. Station in Baltimore.
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Re: WM in Baltimore

Postby Mike Doughney » Sat May 26, 2012 9:26 pm

My dad once made mention of a Western Maryland platform at Penn, which was on the opposite side of the station (the JFX side) from where the tracks are today. There was an odd, blocked off (with railings) staircase which I remember seeing as a kid - the area has since been walled off from the rest of the main floor - that, he said, led down to that platform.
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Re: WM in Baltimore

Postby ExCon90 » Sun May 27, 2012 2:11 pm

I believe that platform was also used by the Parkton locals that started and ended at Calvert St., but they and the WM were both gone from Penn Station by the time I got to Baltimore.
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Re: WM in Baltimore

Postby R,N, Nelson » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:59 am

I asked around about WM tickets at Penn Sta and nobody, me included, can remember for sure. But we all agreed that in the later years at least, it would not have been cost effective for the WM to have a ticket window in Penn Sta. There was a ticket agency at the nearby WM Hillen Street station. Hard to tell what the arrangement was in its hayday. More than likely any WM ticket sold at a PRR ticket window would be done for a commission to the PRR.(Just a guess)

For the most part, the passengers were commuters and had commutation tickets (weekly, monthly) that they could purchase at the other end of their trip. Passengers could also purchase a cash fare on board from the Conductor. Passengers coming from and going to the PRR could have a interline ticket for transportation on both the WM and PRR.

So I think you can rest assured that a WM ticket window in Penn Station was unlikely.

The sad part is that the ticket agent at Hillen Street just died recently and he would have known for sure.

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Re: WM in Baltimore

Postby ExCon90 » Fri Jun 15, 2012 2:38 pm

Thanks very much for checking that out. I had guessed that it would be something like that, with so few trains in the later years, but never knew for sure.
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