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Montgomery County Trolleys

Book release date: June 4, 2018

Montgomery County Trolleys book
On June 4, 2018 Arcadia Publishing will release its newest title:
Montgomery County Trolleys
214 vivid historical photos, plus maps and drawings

Welcome to the companion web site for Montgomery County Trolleys.

On this site you will find:

sample pages

a link to an interactive Google Map showing locations of historical photos

an alphabetical index of photo locations

a bibliography

and contact information.

From the cover:

Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was once served by 140 miles of trolley lines. In the first half of the 20th century, a wide array of trolley cars rolled over Montgomery County’s rails, from quaint open streetcars rumbling through borough streets to sleek 80-mile-an-hour trolleys sailing across open fields in Upper Gwynedd and Hatfield Townships. The cars had zero emissions, and some lines were powered by renewable hydroelectric power. Taking the trolley was a convenient, affordable option for those travelling and commuting in Montgomery County, nearby Philadelphia, and points beyond. Freight was also carried on board trolleys, with prompt parcel delivery service. Fortunately, many years ago, dedicated trolley fans had the foresight to aim their cameras at these unique vehicles, providing rare glimpses not just of the trolleys but also of Montgomery County’s rapidly changing landscapes.

Mike Szilagyi's interest in trolleys was sparked at a young age by the sight of big green streamliners gliding down Old York Road near his grandmother's house in the Logan neighborhood of Philadelphia. Today, Szilagyi lives and works in Montgomery County, where he plans and designs bicycle paths.

This volume's foreword was written by noted transit historian and longtime Montgomery County resident Andrew W. Maginnis.

This book, and a companion volume of 15 postcard views, will be released on June 4, 2018.

Montgomery County Trolleys book
Scenes from the book

Click here to visit Mike Szilagyi's Philadelphia Trolley Tracks web site