• Vintage Trolley Photos to Enjoy

  • General discussion about fallen trolley and interurban lines in North America, past and present.
General discussion about fallen trolley and interurban lines in North America, past and present.

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  by Otto Vondrak
 
Here's some photos from my collection. Some of these I sold off on eBay years ago.

Enjoy!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ottomatic7 ... 801209417/

-otto-
  by Leo Sullivan
 
A fine selection of superb photos from the glory days. The only one
I know enough to comment on is the photo of Bay State Street Railway
open car 1167 at the Salem, New Hampshire carhouse of the Mass.
Northeastern. This was the layover for 'foreign' cars visiting
Canobie Lake Park. There wasn't enough track at the park
for all the cars that came there so, they unloaded, went to the carhouse
and returned at a specified time to pick up. The photo is a standard
commercial photo of a sort sold to crews in many places but, what is special
is that this photographer must have taken many pictures of cars far from
their own lines. Canobie drew charters from at least as far as New Bedford
and Worcester so, hopefully, there are some rare pictures yet to be seen.
LS
Last edited by Leo Sullivan on Sat May 23, 2009 5:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.
  by 3rdrail
 
The shot of Moline, Illinois in the 20's with the sign "Syndicate Made Clothes" is a classic (and very true !)
  by Otto Vondrak
 
Leo Sullivan wrote:A fine selection of superb photos from the glory days. The only one
I know enough to comment on is the photo of Bay State Street Railway
open car 1143 at the Salem, New Hampshire carhouse of the Mass.
Northeastern. This was the layover for 'foreign' cars visiting
Canobie Lake Park. There wasn't enough track at the park
for all the cars that came there so, they unloaded, went to the carhouse
and returned at a specified time to pick up. The photo is a standard
commercial photo of a sort sold to crews in many places but, what is special
is that this photographer must have taken many pictures of cars far from
their own lines. Canobie drew charters from at least as far as New Bedford
and Worcester so, hopefully, there are some rare pictures yet to be seen.
LS
Thanks, Leo. Are you saying the car is actually Bay State Street Railway, not New Hampshire?
  by 3rdrail
 
Yes. Bay State Street Railway company's General Office was located in Boston and ran in 92 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. The car was probably a charter to the park at the time of the photograph. (It's hard to make out at this resolution, but on that dash sign between the two gentlemen standing, isn't that a sign advertising a Revere Beach ball room ?)
  by Leo Sullivan
 
You're right Paul, it is an ad for the Nautical Ballroom at Revere Beach. The car was, at that time assigned to Reading,
and was normally used on the Malden-Lawrence line. The ad on the other side is for the Boston-New York trolley and boat service via Providence, which was provided at that time (1914).