Red Arrow The First Hundred Years1848-1948 Ronald DeGraw Interurbans Special 96
Red Arrow The First Hundred Years1848-1948 Ronald DeGraw Interurbans Special 96
Red Arrow The First Hundred Years1848-1948 Ronald DeGraw Interurbans Special 96
Red Arrow The First Hundred Years1848-1948 Ronald DeGraw Interurbans Special 96
Red Arrow The First Hundred Years1848-1948 Ronald DeGraw Interurbans Special 96
Red Arrow The First Hundred Years1848-1948 Ronald DeGraw Interurbans Special 96
Red Arrow The First Hundred Years1848-1948 Ronald DeGraw Interurbans Special 96

Red Arrow The First Hundred Years1848-1948 Ronald DeGraw Interurbans Special 96

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Red Arrow The First Hundred Years1848-1948 Ronald DeGraw Interurbans Special 96
 
RED ARROW The First Hundred Years 1848-1948 By Ronald Degraw 189 pages.    OWNERS NAME STAMPED INSIDE FRONT COVER
Hard Cover with DUST Jacket  NOTICE THE LARGE TEAR in the upper middle front cover, back has a few tiny tears along the top edge.  
Copyright 1985. FIRST PRINTING
Interurbans Special 96

THE STORY OF Philadelphia's remarkable suburban trolley network-the Red Arrow-is one of impressive business sagacity in an industry noteworthy for its many financial failures.
It's a fascinating tale that began when a group of farmers and merchants got together in 1848 to build a wooden toll road, and that went on to include an incredibly unsuccessful horsecar line, tiny steam dummy passenger cars that often broke down, a meandering country trolley line-and a speedy interurban that eventually became today's highly successful Red Arrow system.
Why was the Red Arrow such a success? The answer owes much to three generations of men named Merritt Taylor.
When A. Merritt Taylor was only 24 years old in 1899, he managed to gain control of a faltering but potentially profitable country trolley line. He and his son, Merritt H. Taylor, and grandson, Merritt H. Taylor, Jr., controlled and expanded for 71 years a transportation system which came to include interurban rail lines, urban, suburban and intercity bus routes, and real estate ventures.
The Taylor transit empire has given way to public ownership in the 1980s, but this book takes the story from 1848 to 1948, precisely one century of transportation progress. Future books will be devoted to the latter-day history, and also cover the affiliated Philadelphia & Western third rail interurban.
This offering is Interurbans Special 96, and we commend it to you as both enjoyable reading and as a case study of how light rail (as it is now called) can be intelligently developed and efficiently operated to the benefit of an entire region and its people.

Contents
Acknowledgements
Preface
1.Rotting Planks and Empty Horsecars, 1848-1891 .
2.Trolleys on the Turnpike, 1892-1898
3.Taylor Expands the System, 1899-1913
4.Castle Rock Park
5.Buses Supplement the Rail Cars, 1914-1929
6.The Blizzard of 1922
7.Trolleys Carry the Freight
8.Battling the Great Depression, 1930-1939
9. World War and Boom Times, 1940-1948
Roster of Passenger Cars to 1948
Roster of Snowplows and Sweepers
Roster of Milk, Freight and Work Cars
Index
List of Maps
Turnpike to Newtown Square
Horsecar Line, 1859-1865
West Chester Line, 1898
Taylor's Proposed Extensions, 1900
Ardmore Line, 1905 (foldout)
Collingdale and Media Lines, 1913 (foldout)
69th Street Terminal, 1907
Connecting Trolley Routes, 1917
69th Street Terminal, 1923
Llanerch Carbarn, 1920
System Map, 1929
Freight Service
69th Street Terminal, 1936
System Map, 1939
System Map, 1948


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