PTC Rails Historical Review and Scenes of the Trolley years Soft Cover 1996

PTC Rails Historical Review and Scenes of the Trolley years Soft Cover 1996

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PTC Rails Historical Review and Scenes of the Trolley years Soft Cover 1996
PTC Rails Historical Review and Scenes of the Trolley years SC 1996
Soft Cover
By Frederick A. Kramer and Samuel L. James
Copyright 1996
104 Pages
This book begins with an overview of the rough-and-tumble of good intentions, profit motive, civic mindedness, and power politics that preceded formation of the corporate entity named PTC. It ends as the private company gives way to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, a public body embracing an even wider scope of transportation.
Following the chapters of historical review are topical sections, the main thrust of which is in the photographic record of PTC times. These frame the nostalgia of a half-century ago, the impact captioned with facts and commentary. Focus is primarily on the street railway system because that was the uniquely intense development which has largely disappeared, never to return.
Unobserved and unremarked upon, there were dozens, hundreds, of people who photographed the transit scene of the times. We are indebted to them for their endeavors and interest in doing so. Most particularly we wish to thank Bob Foley, Ed Springer, Joe Mannix, and Andy Maginnis for sharing their insights, recollections and materials. They have given this modest work much greater dimension.
Page 4
A Tempestuous Background
Page 5
PRT's Folsom Division
Page 15
PTC's Quarter Century
Page 19
A Focus on Center City
Page 29
Throughout West Philadelphia
Page 39
Touring South Philadelphia
Page 55
Serving Frankford El Territory
Page 65
North Philadelphia and Beyond
Page 77
Across the City by Rapid Transit
Page 91
Work Cars around the System
Page 99

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