Remember the Portland Maine Trolleys By Edwin Robertson Soft Cover 1982, THIRD P
Remember the Portland Maine Trolleys By Edwin Robertson Soft Cover 1982, THIRD P

Remember the Portland Maine Trolleys By Edwin Robertson Soft Cover 1982, THIRD P

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Remember the Portland Maine Trolleys By Edwin Robertson Soft Cover 1982, THIRD P
 
Remember the Portland Maine Trolleys By Edwin Robertson Soft Cover 1982.   92 pages
Brief History and maps
Trolley timetables
Photo section: Horsecars, early trolley, along the trolley line, pictures of cars and equipment, block signals, snow scenes, unusual events.
Last Trolleys
Roster of cars
My memories of the Portland Trolleys are of bright red cars, with white and blue trim, well maintained, and always clean windows. As a child, living close to the Westbrook line, I knew that I would grow up to be a motorman and run one of the cars. Unfortunately, by the time that I was old enough, the cars were gone.
Searching through the reference material about the first horsecar line stimulated my interest to drive my car over the route from India Street through Monument Square along Congress and Spring Street to Clark Street. With the one way streets of today it is only possible to drive in an easterly direction from Clark Street to India Street. There was a certain magic in the ride even though there is nothing left to show that there ever was a horsecar or trolley along the route. In all probability, the horsecars made the trip in a shorter time period than driving the route in today's traffic.
Imagine the pride that Portlander's felt with the horsecars and later the trolleys to give them the same mobility that people had in large cities.
The trolleys influenced and enlarged the small towns and cities in the suburbs. It allowed people to live in smaller towns outside the city and still be able to work or shop in Portland. It also gave everyone the ability to visit amusement parks or beaches in the area at an affordable cost.
It is sad that none of the Portland cars were saved with the possible exception of just the body of a four wheel Birney Safety car. This car was sold to Biddeford and Saco Railroad in the mid 1930's and is now at the Seashore Trolley Museum. It is possible that some time in the future this car might be restored and in this way everyone could "Remember the Portland, Maine Trolleys".

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