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Local railroad buff releases book on historic trolleys
By Staff Writer   - 02/06/2009

Pocono Record

William E. Rogers Jr., a former resident of East Stroudsburg living in New Jersey and a local railroad and trolley history enthusiast, recently released a new postcard history series book, "Mountain View Trolley Line History Pennsylvania" (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99).

Rogers' great-grandfather Daniel Ackerman was a motorman for Mountain View Trolley, and the author has been fascinated by the history of the line and its use to connect East Stroudsburg, Stroudsburg, Delaware Water Gap and Portland established in 1907.

Built by J.R. Brill Co. in Philadelphia, the Mountain View Trolley ran on a narrow-gauge track and was capable of transporting a large number of passengers. The trolley cars operated on overhead wires and battery power, running year-round, shuttling residents and visitors and working as a school bus for local children. The introduction of motor coaches and automobiles brought about the end of the trolley age, and the Mountain View Trolley ended its run in September 1928.

The book is available at Waldenbooks and Borders.




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