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Dekalb Street at Lafayette Street Norristown, 1930

ex-Reading Transit & Light no. 511

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.

Andrew W. Maginnis collection

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