Dekalb Street at Lafayette
Street Norristown, 1930
Reading Transit & Light
Co. Birney car no. 508 moves away from the camera, northbound on Dekalb
Street Norristown, between Lafayette Street and Main Street in 1930.
In the foreground are the electrified tracks of the Pennsylvania Railroad,
which would soon be removed from Lafayette Street and placed on a new
bridge over Dekalb Street (currently utilized by the Schuylkill River
Trail). The wire basket along the overhead trolley wire was designed
to allow the trolley to continue off the railroad grade crossing in
the event the trolley pole came off the wire. After the Norristown trolley
lines became bus routes in 1933, this trolley was taken to the city
of Reading where it served for many more years.