Laura Wells
History in the making
 Horse cars were the first form of public transit within cities.
 The earliest horse car line was ...
Frank J. Sprague
“The father of electric traction”




    Invented the overhead wire and motor mount combination.
    C...
How Streetcars Work
Early Streetcars
      Many people know streetcars as “Trolleys” popularized by the
     childrens’ TV show Mr. Roger’s Ne...
Evolution of the Trolley
 City cars: Trolleys that ran within cities or towns.




Streamliners: Modernized trolleys first...
Evolution of the Trolley
Light-rail: The newest generation of trolley transportation.




           A new Pittsburgh LRV ...
Demise of the Trolley Era
                  As automobiles became
                  more popular and more
                ...
Route Maps
Sources
1. http://www.topsoft.be/photoblog/?p=27
2. http://davesrailpix.com/phila/jpg/phil142.jpg
3. http://einhornpress.c...
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  1. 1. Laura Wells
  2. 2. History in the making  Horse cars were the first form of public transit within cities.  The earliest horse car line was built in 1828 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Horses are slow and expensive as a form of power.  In larger cities horsecars were replaced by cable cars, or elevated steam trains.  Horsecar lines were prominent in cities until Frank J. Sprague’s invention of the overhead wire and motor mount in 1887.  The Sarah Street line in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was the last regularly operated transit line operated with horse cars in the United States, running until October 27,1923.
  3. 3. Frank J. Sprague “The father of electric traction”  Invented the overhead wire and motor mount combination.  Created the first completely successful electric railway system in Richmond Virginia. (1887-88)
  4. 4. How Streetcars Work
  5. 5. Early Streetcars Many people know streetcars as “Trolleys” popularized by the childrens’ TV show Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood; although the proper name is a “Streetcar” or “Electric streetcar” Early trolleys were not much different from their predecessors. They were small, with only 1 truck (wheel and axle set) and as such could not carry a large passenger load.
  6. 6. Evolution of the Trolley City cars: Trolleys that ran within cities or towns. Streamliners: Modernized trolleys first seen in the late 1930s early 40s. Interurbans: Trolleys that ran between towns and cities.
  7. 7. Evolution of the Trolley Light-rail: The newest generation of trolley transportation. A new Pittsburgh LRV (Light-rail Vehicle).
  8. 8. Demise of the Trolley Era As automobiles became more popular and more available to the average American, trolley companies began a downward spiral. Trolleys were stacked and burned to strip the metal bare.
  9. 9. What Once Was In the teens and twenties it was possible to ride trolleys from Pennsylvania to Illinois (with a lot of transfers in- between).
  10. 10. Route Maps
  11. 11. Sources 1. http://www.topsoft.be/photoblog/?p=27 2. http://davesrailpix.com/phila/jpg/phil142.jpg 3. http://einhornpress.com/ParkersburgInterurbantrolleysandstreetcar s.aspx 4. http://www.railroadiana.org/info/pgWestPenn.php 5. http://eldorapark.com/trolley/era-forward.htm 6. http://www.trolleystop.com/trolleycar.htm 7. http://www.mcnallysrailroadcollectables.com/prc-scans.html 8. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horsecar 9. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Streetcar 10.http://www.pa-trolley.org 11.http://sites.google.com/site/armstrongtrolley/photographs 12.http://www.cable-car-guy.com/html/cchorse.html

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