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National Railway Historical Society

Established in 1936


Railfan Pictures of the Day - 11/11/2008

Lehigh Valley Transit West Point, Center Valley, Norristown and Allentown PA


The Lansdale Historical Society will present "All Hail the Trolley", a look back at the area trolleys in the first half of the Twentieth Century, at 7:30 PM on Tuesday November 11 2008 at the Lansdale Parks and Recreation Building, 7th Street and Lansdale Ave., Lansdale PA 19446. There is no admission charge. Donations are appreciated.
The North Penn Reporter has a video clip featuring local historian Andy Maginnis along with maps of the Philadelphia to Allentown route and trolley lines in Lansdale.
Here are a few more shots from the Charles Houser Collection capturing the tail end of the Lehigh Valley Transit era between Allentown and Norristown.
A followup to the May 14 1950 excursion, this fan trip on April 15 1951 stops at West Point PA on the way to Norristown. As abandonment approaches, everyone wants to get one last ride.
The same fantrip poses at School Siding in Center Valley PA. The trolleys used for this run were LVT 702, 704 and 710.
An Allentown-bound Liberty Bell Limited waits at Norristown on May 1 1951. Starting on the south (right) side of the platform would be the Philadelphia and Western which continues down to Upper Darby. Prior to 1949 the LVT had trackage rights to 69th Street in Upper Darby, but after 1949 they cut back to exchanging at Norristown. The entire LVT Philadelphia Division would be abandoned abruptly without public notice on September 6 1951.
By September 8 1951, the process of dismantling parts of LVT is underway. Here the rails are being removed from Sheetz Siding at Lynnwood Street in Allentown. Two years later Lehigh Valley Transit would cease all operations. A portion of the right of way through Montgomery County is now the Liberty Bell Trail.

All pictures from the Charles Houser Collection

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Last Updated November 11, 2008

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