Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Trolleys of Montgomery County

Montgomery County was once served by a 140-mile network of electric trolleys.  Constructed between 1893 and 1915, the independently owned trolley lines connected the far corners of the County, from Pottstown to Hatboro, Telford to Ardmore.  

Author Mike Szilagyi, will present this illustrated talk which covers the length and breadth of the County with a focus on the four trolley lines that converged at Willow Grove Park.  We’ll view scenes along Old York Road, its historically significant roadside traversed by large open trolleys nicknamed Dreadnaughts.  Finally we’ll trace the route of the suburban Route 6 through Abington and Glenside with its long stretches of railroad-style right-of-way, and discuss why the Route 6 trolleys were replaced with General Motors diesel buses in 1958.

Lectures are FREE and open to the public. 

    Route 6 Willow Grove terminal 1950s photo by Lester K Wismer       looking south on Easton Road toward Willow Grove

Episcopal Church of Our Saviour
The Parish House, Homestead Hall
821 Homestead Road, Jenkintown, PA 19046
(east side of Old York Road, one block south of the Jenkintown Library, and one block north of West Avenue)

The lecture series is sponsored by a grant from the Jenkinstown Lyceum. For more information please call the Old York Road Historical Society at 215–886–8590.