Category Archives: USA: Heritage

An Electric City homecoming.

In the parlance of trolley-restoration types, many forlorn cars are revived from “chicken coop” condition. Scranton Transit 505 — one of the last two streetcars to run in the Electric City on Dec. 18, 1954 — makes such basket cases … Continue reading

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These colors don’t run: Visiting the last streetcar in Syracuse.*

It was another one of those field trips I meant to get around to eventually. At the end of a sleepy side street in a tiny Upstate New York village, there sits a century-old train station. Central Square’s aptly-named Railroad … Continue reading

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A little bit of Lisbon in the Pacific Northwest.

Another heritage line using ex-Lisbon equipment is soon to get under way, this time in Issaquah, Washington. The volunteer-run Issaquah Valley Trolley plans to run 1925 single-trucker 519 in public service over former freight trackage from Issaquah Train Depot to … Continue reading

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Back in old St. Marys.

After quite a lengthy lapse, it’s time for another historic postcard. Two years ago today, when this blog was still relatively new, I posted the second installment of what was then my Wednesday Postcards feature, spotlighting a card showing a … Continue reading

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Is this what you PCC fans were looking for?

Hits on this blog spiked noticeably over the past two days. Thanks to the stats provided by WordPress I can discern a definite theme among some of the top search terms: “njt 6,” “pcc streetcars new jersey” and “pcc trolley … Continue reading

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Wandering through time at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.

Sometimes the best part of visiting a working trolley museum isn’t necessarily the ride, but the host of treasures to be found lurking in storage — and in the memories of dedicated volunteers. Slowly but surely, as you can see, … Continue reading

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Craven thugs vandalize streetcars at Connecticut museum.

A wee bit of editorializing, I know. How else to describe yet another gang of copper thieves plundering historic vehicles for illicit profits? The Hartford Courant was more restrained in its Web headline, “Thieves strip metal from historic trolleys,” about … Continue reading

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