Plymouth & Brockton Street Rwy., MA

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Plymouth & Brockton Street Rwy., MA

Post by bellstbarn » Wed Oct 17, 2012 9:54 am

Searching the internet doesn't always come up with good leads, as search is chancy. In preparation for a very brief visit to Plymouth, my interest was again piqued by the bus company name, Plymouth and Brockton Street Railway. I have been unable to find a predecessor trolley company by that name! (If one cannot find something on the internet, it does not mean non-existence.) There seems to have been a Plymouth & Sandwich Street Rwy. A route of the Old Colony connects Plymouth to Boston as part of the MBTA Purple Line. Was there ever an interurban or street railway trolley line north of Plymouth? Or does someone have a link to a website about streetcars in Plymouth County?
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Re: Plymouth & Brockton Street Rwy., MA

Post by The EGE » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:34 am

Yes, there was a route from Plymouth to Brockton through Whitman, Hanson, and Kingston on several companies that later combined into the P&B. See http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File: ... ilways.jpg .

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Re: Plymouth & Brockton Street Rwy., MA

Post by CarterB » Wed Oct 17, 2012 12:10 pm

Bring back the Slumbercoaches!!

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Re: Plymouth & Brockton Street Rwy., MA

Post by edbear » Wed Oct 17, 2012 5:53 pm

The Brockton & Plymouth extended from Plymouth to Whitman only; there it connected with a suburban line of the Old Colony later Bay State and still later Eastern Massachusetts Street Railways. It eventually became the Plymouth and Brockton and ceased operations about 1928. It had a modern double truck lightweight car which wound up in Maine and some Birneys which probably found buyers when operations ended. Conn. Valley Chapter NRHS produced a booklet on the B & P about 50 years ago and Motor Coach Age did a history of bus operations, which were much, much, much more extensive than the trolley operation ever was.

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Re: Plymouth & Brockton Street Rwy., MA

Post by bellstbarn » Fri Oct 19, 2012 3:42 pm

Many thanks to The EGE , Carter B, and edbear for their helpful explanations and links. I learned much, and I will keep looking over your replies to grasp better where the lines went.
With appreciation.
Joe Mcmahon

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Re: Plymouth & Brockton Street Rwy., MA

Post by Leo Sullivan » Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:50 pm

I hope you can pull this off the page and enlarge it as,
it has street names. It is the only map of the B&P I could find.
The Plymouth & Sandwich ran off the end of the B&P at Manomet
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Re: Plymouth & Brockton Street Rwy., MA

Post by charding » Sun Oct 21, 2012 1:19 pm

Also check out pages 126/7 of Stephen Carlson & Thomas Harding's book, 'From Boston to the Berkshires, A Pictorial Review of Electric Transportation in Massachusetts' and O. R. Cummings article in Transportation Bulletin #59, July/Sept 1959, 'Brockton & Plymouth Street Railway'.

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Re: Plymouth & Brockton Street Rwy., MA

Post by bellstbarn » Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:26 pm

Many thanks for the links, the book recommendations, and each piece of help. Leo, I was able to work with that map, and it helped my understanding a lot.
Because of the storm, this trip is going to be a quick visit, but every piece of history clarifies where I am.
With appreciation. Joe

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Re: Plymouth & Brockton Street Rwy., MA

Post by 3rdrail » Fri Oct 26, 2012 4:41 pm

P&B has always been a first class company. Their service, personnel, and equipment are the best, always have been.
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