Evolution of the Trolley - Article 10
The Trolley of Tomorrow?
Low floor articulated cars are becoming popular in Europe. Portland OR now has some operating on their lines, and we'll surely see more of them in the USA.
As you can see, trolleys have come a long way in the last century or so. Once thought to be nearly extinct, it's now become apparent that they'll be around in increasing numbers in the next century. Cities are beginning to realize that the trolley (in the form of light rail vehicles) is an efficient way of moving people.
You'll also find preserved trolleys in many parts of the country. One of the world's largest collections of preserved trolleys can be found at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine
There are several good books available dealing with the Evolution of the Trolley. Some of my favorites are "Trolley Car Treasury" by Frank Rowsame, Jr. and "The Time of the Trolley" by William D. Middleton. And dealing mor e with mass transit in general are "Cash, Tokens and Transfers" by Brian Cudahy and "Fares Please" by Miller. Another very good book, one that covers the topic of Interurban Lines is Traction Classics, also by William D. Middleton
I hope you've enjoyed this series on the trolley. Please join us in the Railroading Forum for discussions of trolleys and anything related to railroads. Series Author: Dave Cremins
If you're interested in Trolleys, you may find the following links to be of interest:
- Transportation Token Forum - Information on collecting and trading transportation tokens.
- The Information Train Station - You'll find trolley links in the tourist railway and transit sections.
RailroadPix.com - Photos of trolleys can be found in several of the libraries, including Preservation, Passenger, and Historical.
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