|In 1912 Montgomery
Transit Company extended its tracks from Skippack to Harleysville, and
purchased this large trolley freight car from Russell Car Company. Trolley
freight service was a valuable resource for the farmers, small industries,
storekeepers and innkeepers along the line. The location of this photo
is believed to be the freight station along Maple Avenue in Harleysville.
This trolley also served as a maintenance vehicle and in winter a large
plow was attached, to clear snow from the rails.
This photo is also published in Jay Ruth's Looking
at Lower Salford, published in 1984. In it, the photo is credited
to Alice Wismer and two men in the photo are identified. The motorman
(at left) is said to be "Poinsett" and the man in the overalls
(at right) is Edward Reighter. photo courtesy of Worcester Historical Society
photo courtesy of Worcester Historical Society
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