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Coming at the Historical Society of Frankford

The meeting on March 12th, at 7:30 PM:

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.