3rdrail wrote:... I believe that the Los Angeles area in the Hollywood Hills was the first American installation.
I'm thinking of Pawtucket, RI, in 1931. Did LA get there first?
I did a little sleuthing and found that you were correct in that there were trackless trolleys running through Pawtucket. In my "Trolleybus Data Book", I was able to find a small notation under Pawtucket to "see Providence, RI". This led me to believe that it might have been Providence's system, so when I went to my BSRA publication "The Trackless Trolleys of Rhode Island", sure enough, there was a nice map showing a 1949 pictorial of TT routes in and out of Providence. There were four separate terminals in Pawtucket off Weeden St, Benefit St., Central Ave.,and Brook St., with a dual entrance/exit into Pawtucket from Providence via Main St. or Pawtucket Ave. FWIW, lines also went to Lincoln (off Dexter St.), Central Falls (John St.), Cumberland (Broad St.), North Providence (Woonasquatucket Ave. and Charles St.), and Cranston (Dyer Ave., Elwin St., Pontiac Ave., and Narraganset Blvd.) Looks like an interesting system with good mileage and frequent spurs. Providence ran TT's under United Electric Railways (1931-52) and United Transit Co.(1952-55).
A reader has requested that a new Quiz thread be started as this one is "long". How do you guys feel about that - yay or nay ?