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Kenneth Springirth 128 pages softcover

Pennsylvania has been a leader in Electric trolley car transportation. In July 1923, Pennsylvania had 104 operating trolley companies, the most of any state in the United States. The J.G. Brill company, in Philadelphia, became the largest manufacturer of trolley cars in the United States. The first girder rail for trolley cars was rolled by the Cambria Iron Company at Johnstown, PA in 1877. Fairmount park in Philadelphia was the first park in the world to have a trolley car line built entirely within the park. In 1931 the Philadelphia & Western Railway Company placed into service the first high speed electric commuter car designed by extensive wind tunnel testing. As late as 1954, Philadelphia Transportation Company operated 1,513 trolley cars while the in 1950, Pittsburgh Railways Company operated 1,187 trolley cars. Pennsylvania's Trolley Heritage is a photographic essay that provides an insight into the once large network of urban and rural trolley car lines in Pennsylvania and the current light rail operation in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.