Before automobiles and buses, there were streetcars or trolleys in virtually every American city. Streetcars & Trolleys recalls that era through historic photographs from around the United States and Canada. The 2020 calendar includes lines from Chicago, Denver, Hoboken, Johnstown, Omaha, Ontario, Philadelphia, and more.
Lines and locations pictured include:
• Philadelphia Transportation Company Car 66 is fighting the snowdrifts in suburban Philadelphia, PA in January 1961.
• Southbound Lehigh Valley Traction Express Car C-15, with two cars trailing, is waiting at Ridge Siding, PA for a northbound car to clear on January 25, 1951. Many of the interurban lines ran freight and express cars, some into the 1950's.
• Denver and Intermountain freight motors 1106 and 1107 with only a caboose in tow are on the Rubey Branch near Golden, CO on March 14, 1954. Information on the image mentions that the crew is "taking a lunch break."
• Public Service of New Jersey Car 2807 is coming through Hoboken, NJ on June 19, 1949. Note the New York Central engine terminal in the background.
• London and Port Stanley has the overhead wire crew busy just south of Talbot Street at St. Thomas, Ontario on June 12, 1956. Car #2 is furnishing the mobility for this work train, activity seldom seen in photographs.
• Johnstown Traction Car 350 is at the end of the Franklin Line in July 1952. Car 350 was built by the St. Louis Car company. After the line was shut down in 1960, Car 350 went to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, where it remains today.
• City Lines of West Virginia Car 403 is on the Clarksburg—Weston Line on July 14, 1946. The railroad ceased all operations the following year.
• Denver Tramway Car 70 is on Route #61, at the 40th and High Streets loop on August 27, 1949. The Union Pacific Denver Shops are right across the street here.
• Jamestown, Westfield and Northwestern New York Railroad Car 302 is at the Westfield, NY terminal in the summer of 1946., with the main line of the New York Central passing by in the background. This was a five-car electric line which followed scenic Lake Chautauqua, operating from Jamestown to Westfield. 1947 saw an end to electric operation; diesel-powered freight continued for a time.
• Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee Car 718 is leading a three-car train through Highmoor, IL on August 14, 1962.
• Omaha and Council Bluffs Car 1025 s coming off a wye intersection at 6th and Center Streets as O and CB Bus #122 heads in the opposite direction in Omaha, NE in September 1954. The photographer mentioned that the streetcar actually stopped to let the dog cross the street in front of him.
• Chicago Surface Lines PCC Car 4013 in its "as delivered" paint scheme is passing a Greyhound Bus Depot on Stony Island Avenue at the 63rd Street Elevated. Later on, these cars were repainted, this time by Chicago Transit Authority in their standard cream and green pattern. The CTA operated a fleet of more than 600 of these cars on eight different routes. The last PCC streetcar was removed from service in 1958 when buses were deployed. Today there is only one PCC in operable condition; 4391 is at the Illinois Railroad Museum in Union, IL.
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