Rhode Island Trolleys

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The history of the trolley in Rhode Island is a fascinating and intriguing subject. Rhode Island had one of the richest and most modern trolley systems in all of New England, with historic Providence as its nucleus. In 1865, a horsecar line began providing service from Market Square in Providence to Olneyville. The evolution from horse-drawn cars pulled along a track to the electrification of the system took many years. By 1895, almost all horse-drawn cars were replaced by a robust electric trolley network of routes reaching all parts of the state. By 1954, electrified trolleys were in decline and were being replaced with gasoline-powered buses. Little remains but some images of the once beloved trolley system and its importance to those who depended on it. Through these images, one can take the trolley from Westerly to Watch Hill or ride from Providence to Rocky Point on the Buttonwoods line and be brought back to a time full of wonderment worth remembering.
ISBN: 9781467129749
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Rhode Island
Series: Images of Rail
Images: 219
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Joseph and Janice Soares are lifelong residents of Rhode Island and have authored several other books regarding Rhode Island’s rich past. Preserving Rhode Island’s past for future generations has become a passion for both, and they are honored to contribute in bringing the story of Rhode Island’s trolleys into focus. All the images are from the authors’ personal collection.
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