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The Philadelphia Chapter of the

National Railway Historical Society

Established in 1936


Railfan Pictures of the Day - 03/17/2007

Trolleys in Philadelphia PA
The City of Philadelphia has put a number of photographs from the City Archives on the internet at The photos are available to view for free or hard copies can be purchased.

From the early years of the twentieth century, a shot of Fairmount Park Transportation Company's bench trolley #12. The trolley operation in the park ran until 1946.

It's October 14 1914 at the corner of 12th and Market Streets, just another ordinary day in the city.
From November 1 1919, the trolley terminal at Hog Island.
On October 19 1922, this single operator trolley posed for a picture in Bustleton.
Thirty five years after the first picture, a different view of 12th and Market from the sidewalk.
As opposed to a builder's shot, this appears to be an owner's shot of a trackless trolley, presumably purchased by the City of Philadelphia for use by the Philadelphia Transportation Company (PTC). Philadelphia has had a long love affair with what everyone else calls the trolley bus (invented in 1882 in Berlin Germany), and in 1923 was the first city in the U.S. to begin using them in regular operation. At this time, there are none running in the city, but SEPTA has plans for their return. For more on Philadelphia trolleys, take a look at

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