Newtown electric street railway...

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Newtown electric street railway...

Postby 25Hz » Sun Mar 02, 2014 4:16 am

So, apparently someone has bothered to take the time and write online about our corner of interurban history.

http://www.historiclanghorne.org/langhorne_trolley.htm

It pleases me greatly to inform all of you enthusiasts, that, in fact much of the track still exists under the pavement in newtown, and possibly elsewhere.

We have the terminal of the newtown branch of the reading rr which crosses what would have been the route the trolley tracks followed. This means they had to run over the rails on the flanges much like SEPTA does today at darby with its route 11.

For some time on state street there was a patch of pavement missing, and at the bottom of the hole looking out at the world was indeed original rail laid before the 1920's. Sadly the rail head was clearly abraded somewhat by a street resurfacing machine, but otherwise it was intact and in remarkably good shape for its age. I welcome anyone who's interested to visit our town, and imagine traveling along 413 in Victorian era bucks county. :)
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Re: Newtown electric street railway...

Postby JimBoylan » Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:38 am

25Hz wrote:We have the terminal of the newtown branch of the reading rr which crosses what would have been the route the trolley tracks followed. This means they had to run over the rails on the flanges much like SEPTA does today at darby with its route 11.
The trolley detoured over the Sterling St. bridge.
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