Joseph Soares 128 pages softcover
The history of the trolley
in Rhode Island is a fascinating and intriguing subject. Rhode Island
had one of the richest and most modern trolley systems in all of New
England, with historic Providence as its nucleus. In 1865, a horsecar
line began providing service from Market Square in Providence to
Olneyville. The evolution from horse-drawn cars pulled along a track to
the electrification of the system took many years. By 1895, almost all
horse-drawn cars were replaced by a robust electric trolley network of
routes reaching all parts of the state. By 1954, electrified trolleys
were in decline and were being replaced with gasoline-powered buses.
Little remains but some images of the once beloved trolley system and
its importance to those who depended on it. Through these images, one
can take the trolley from Westerly to Watch Hill or ride from Providence
to Rocky Point on the Buttonwoods line and be brought back to a time
full of wonderment worth remembering.