New from Arcadia Publishing and the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation Inc. is Plano and the Interurban Railway, the latest volume in the Images of Rail series.
Plano’s Interurban Railway depot was dedicated in July 1908, and electric interurban rail travel began with the creation of the Texas Traction Company. In 1917, three separate systems were connected by a single entrepreneur, J.F. Strickland. Throughout the 1920s, the Texas Electric Railway traveled in and out of Plano carrying riders, mail and freight. The system was built to travel on existing streetcar tracks and often ran over private rights-of-way between cities. To promote interurban travel, the company created unique cars and special classes of service to appeal to every need. In the post-World War II era, however, the popularity of automobiles ended the important era of electric interurban travel.
Highlights of Plano and the Interurban Railway:
• Contains more than 200 vintage photographs to aid in the discovery and preservation of the Interurban Railway.
• Features images from the collections of the Interurban Museum, including many from the original 1905 photographs from the first interurban survey.
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.
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