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The Philadelphia Chapter of the

National Railway Historical Society

Established in 1936


Railfan Pictures of the Week - 11/09/2008

Lehigh Valley Transit Lansdale, Center Valley and Norristown 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.
To whet your appetite, a few shots from the Charles Houser Collection capturing the tail end of the Lehigh Valley Transit era between Allentown and Norristown.
Three trolleys, 812, 701 and 704, pause on Couter Siding on the north side of Lansdale as twin photo lines take their picture from both ends during a May 14 1950 excursion. The fan trip was the first 3-car train to travel the Lehigh Valley Transit route to Norristown, Pa since 1936.
The Liberty Bell Route also had its share of freight business, transported by freight trolleys such as C15, pictured as it speeds south through the cut at Center Valley near Coopersburg on October 10 1950.
A Liberty Bell Limited featuring LVT 1000 stops at Couter Siding on October 29 1950. LVT 1000 was a former Cincinnati and Lake Erie "Red Devil", one of 20 lightweight aluminum high-speed interurbans built for the C&LE in 1930 and one of the 12 acquired by LVT in 1939 when the C&LE went bankrupt.
Another former "Red Devil", LVT 1008, about to head north to Allentown, sits in repose on Rink Siding in Norristown PA December 2 1950.

All pictures from the Charles Houser Collection

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