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The real story of Oklahoma City's former interurbans, they ran from OKC outward to Yukon, in the West of the state; North to Guthrie; East to Shawnee, Okla.   In addition they had miles of trackage throughout Oklahoma City, connecting all parts and a main means of getting around.  Just as shown in the movie "Who Shot Roger Rabbit ?", General Motors Corp. bought the entire system, tracks and equipment, in 1947 and immediately scrapped every bit of it, replacing it for the city with GM manufactured motor buses.  How many times, in how many American cities and towns, did this occur?  Not one single OKC streetcar preserved for history...…….. only black and white photos.

Jesse   TCA

Bobby Ogage posted:

Cities like New York caused the demise of street car lines by freezing fares regardless of operating cost increases. New York City froze the street car fare at 5 cents.

GM, Firestone, and oil companies were also responsible for the demise of street car lines Jesse says.


From what I've read the demise of New York City's early surface transportation was due to both Mayor La Guardia and Robert Moses wanting to transform the city and the surrounding boroughs into what was their idea of a modern society.  That model did not include what they considered old and outmoded forms of transportation such as trolleys, elevateds and the like.  Highway, cars and buses were the way to go.  After all these years don't they wish they still had some of those outmoded forms of transportation?  

Great stuff.  I've just finished reading an Arcadia Publishing book about Montgomery County, Pa. trolleys.  And have already read a couple of others about Philadelphia's trolleys.  I am old enough to recall riding the older type, what I call the New Orleans type, trolleys.  I also have been around long enough to remember the trolley depot in Willow Grove, Pa.  

Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a time machine, just to be able to visit those times.

Hi Bobby

Looking at the first Photo in your recent post, I am thinking that this is a car on the Williamsburg Bridge, probably a B&QT car on the Brooklyn side. 

For the last Photo, there was a fellow who wanted to get a street car line going in Downtown Brooklyn to Red Hook. He had several PCCs acquired from others. The PCCs in the photo look like painted in the Board of Transport colors but they have standee winters. So they are not original Broolyn cars. Thinking the location is maybe in Erie Basin or at the Navy yard where these cars were kept until the project died its death. They had that small European style car you see in the foreground as well. The PCCs look like they may have been Washington CD cars . Looks like a Lehigh Valley sign in the backround. Maybe a freight car or barge?


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