Hartford Trolleys

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By 1908 Hartford had an extensive system of streetcar lines radiating from the city in all directions. The Hartford division of the Connecticut Company totaled more than one hundred twenty-five miles of track for streetcars, the dominant mode of public transportation in central Connecticut. One could take a car to New Britain, Stafford Springs, or all the way to Springfield, Massachusetts. By the 1920s, the lighter density streetcar lines were no longer lucrative and the system was converted to a motor coach operation; by the early 1930s, the automobile had replaced the streetcar as the favored mode of transport. The advent of automobile transportation eventually led to the closing of all the Hartford streetcar lines in July 1941.
ISBN: 9780738536002
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Connecticut
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Today all that remains of Hartford's streetcars are the photographs taken by Horace Bromley and other photographers who diligently recorded the cars and those who operated them. Bromley donated his extensive collection to the Connecticut Motor Coach Museum prior to his death in 1990. Three members of the Connecticut Motor Coach Museum-Nancy Johanson, Bert Johanson, and John Sullivan-compiled this book to perpetuate Bromley's ideals of preserving and sharing history.
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