North Branch Trolleys By Gene Gordon Spiral Bound

North Branch Trolleys By Gene Gordon Spiral Bound

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North Branch Trolleys By Gene Gordon Spiral Bound
North Branch Trolleys By Gene Gordon   1987 144 pages plus fold out maps
The street railway, or as it was better known, the trolley, has has been gone from the small cities and towns of Central Pennsylvania for well over fifty years. Young people will he surprised to learn that the area encompassed by the north branch of the Susquehanna River had - until its 1926 close - a modern and well maintained streetcar system. However  everything has its seasons and as private automobiles were turned out by the millions, "finis" was spelled for this efficient local transit system. It all began when the RIVERSIDE HORSE RAILWAY COMPANY was chartered in 1872  and killed the next year by the 1873 financial panic  and ended when the trolleys stopped running on June 26, 1926.
The NORTH BRANCH TRANSIT COMPANY provided a valuable service to the region for many years. The peak year was 1918 when it carried over 2,300,000 zone passengers and employed 86 persons. In addition to passengers, the trolley provided a valuable cargo service not the least of which was transporting cans of milk between farms and dairies.
It is hoped that this story will provide good, enjoyable reading along with conveying information. Tragedy, in some wrecks; the fact that much behind-the-scenes maneuvering and scheming was common in those days also, and many hits of humor are all included. Some of the didoes of promoter Avery Clinton Sickles, who arranged for the Nescopeck and Berwick railway reveals the early years also had their smooth characters.
This story, another in the "Pennsylvania Traction Series" is dedicated to preserving and recording the history of the trolley in Pennsylvania.

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