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Bringing It All Back Home

In the 1940s, 50s, 60s, and even 70s, city after city across America abandoned streetcars and interurbans. For the faithful “juice fan,” as they were sometimes called, it must have seemed like an endless litany of gloom and doom. As… Read More ›

A Victim of Success

The recent SEPTA fantrip on the Media trolley line, which used an LRV with a red overwrap paying tribute to the Philadelphia and West Chester cars that began service there 100 years ago, got us to thinking about how trolley… Read More ›

Media Fantrip Videos

FYI, here are some videos we shot on May 5, 2013 during the Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys fantrip on SEPTA’s Media light rail line. The fourth video was shot the day before the fantrip. There will be another fantrip soon… Read More ›

Mystery Filmstrip Contest Results

Thanks to everyone who sent in submissions to our Mystery Filmstrip Contest. We have selected George Foelschow as the winner, based on his answers as a whole. Honorable mention must go to Andre Kristopons, Dennis McClendon, and Jeff Wien, who… Read More ›

The Game of “Trolley”

Media, Pennsylvania, celebrating 100 years of continuous trolley service this month, is kind of an exception rather than the rule in American life today. But there was a time when the trolley was a ubiquitous part of everyday life. As… Read More ›

The Old Math (144 = 225)

Ten years before the “New Math,” 144 was equal to 225, at least for one day. The occasion was a December 1956 Chicago fantrip, using one of the last surviving Red Pullman streetcars. Red Cars were phased out of regular… Read More ›