Ride the Rails: Philadelphia Transportation from Horse-drawn and Steam-powered Vehicles to Trolley Cars and the Frankford El
Presented by: James Young, Alan Trachtenberg
The utilization of surface railway systems overcame obstacles caused by inferior roadways to provide a comfortable and efficient means of transportation in urban areas. They will present lantern slides depicting various models of horse-drawn, steam-powered, and electrified trolley cars and discuss the unique designs of some individual trolley cars. The Frankford Elevated commenced operation in 1922 and provided a rapid, limited stop ride between Northeast Philadelphia through Center City to West Philadelphia. Lantern slides showing various stages of its construction will be presented to show the enormity of this project.