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Trains and Trolleys

In the interest of documenting the history of transportation in Pennsylvania, the Andruss Library Special Collections has over 30 concerning the history of Trains and Railroads, and over 15 books about Trolleycars and Street Railways. 

  Books about Trains and Railroads include:
Erie Lackawanna
• HE2791.E677 G73 1994 "Erie Lackawanna: Death of an American Railroad, 1938-1992," (1994) by H. Roger Grant illustrates the developments and themes of the railroad industry. This book goes further than just describing what happened during the fall of the Erie Lackawanna, it also looks at the entire American Railroad enterprise.
The Track Going Back
• "The Track Going Back: A Century of Transcontinental Railroading 1896-1969," (1969) by Everett L. DeGloyer is a catalog of the exhibition held at the Amon Carter Museum of Fort Worth, Texas in 1969 in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of completion of the first transcontinental railway. This is a unique book that tells the story of the railroad through the use of photographs. It concentrates on showing the railroad in its natural environment, including the climate of the area, and on demonstrating the differences between railroads. The book includes over 100 photographs with detailed captions.
  • HE2791.P43 J3 1988 "The History of the Pennsylvania Railroad," (1988) by Timothy Jacobs. The Pennsylvania Railroad carried more freight and passengers than any other railroad in the world for 121 years and covered over 10,000 miles of track. This book explores the rise and fall of the Pennsylvania Railroad with nearly 150 pages of text and illustrations.
  Other titles include:
  • HE2791 .P4 1947 "Pennsylvania Railroad: A Pictorial History," (1947) by Edwin P. Alexander
  • HE2791 .P4 1927a "Growth and Development of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company: A Review of the Charter and Annual Reports of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company 1846 to 1926," (1927) by H.W. Schotter
  • HE2791.R27 B7 "Reading Railroad: An Early History," (1946) by R. W. Brown
  • TF725.L33 H46 1986 "Laurel Line: An Anthracite Region Railway," (1986) by James N.J. Henwood and John G. Muncie
  • HE2751 .C3 1926 "When Railroads Were New," (1926) by Charles Frederick Carter
  • TF25.P4 T73 1925 "Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad of 1834," (1925) by John C. Trautwine, Jr
  • TR715 .R38 2002 "Traveling the Pennsylvania Railroad: The Photographs of William H. Rau," (2002) edited by John C. Van Horne with Eileen E. Drelick; essays by Kenneth Finkel, Mary Panzer, John R. Stilgoe.
  Books about Trolleys include:
Trolleys from the Mines
• HE5425.P4 A4 "Trolleys from the Mines: Street Railways of Centre, Clearfield, Indiana & Jefferson Counties Pennsylvania,"(1980) by Richard C. Albert describes in detail the different railways traction in the counties listed. It includes maps, diagrams, and a chapter titled "Memories," which talks about the trolley as a part of the community.
The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story
• TF1025.L35 H37 2000 "The Lake Shore Electric Railway Story," (2000) by Herbert H. Harwood. In its short 37 year life, the Lake Shore Electric (which ran along the shore of Lake Erie connecting Cleveland and Toledo) was considered by many to be the greatest electric railway in the United States. This book tells the entire story of the Lake Shore Electric including the missed opportunities that could have saved its life. It also includes period photographs and maps.
• TF920 .S88 1995b "Trolleycars: Streetcars, Trams and Trolleys of North America, A Photographic History," (1995) by Frank Sullivan and Fred Winkowski includes photographs and a detailed history and technical specifications of over 50 classic trolleycars. Both Sullivan and Winkowski were well known transportation authors and photographers.
Pennsylvania's Street Railways
• TF724.P4 R65 1997 "Pennsylvania's Street Railways," (1997) by Benson W Rorhrbeck begins with a history of trollycars in Pennsylvania and then breaks down the individual railway companies and discusses their routes and their histories. The book contains over 300 pages of text, maps, illustrations, and charts, and also includes an index.
Pennsylvania Trolleys in Color
• TF724.P4 V65 1997 "Pennsylvania Trolleys In Color," (1997) by William D. Volkmer includes three separate volumes; The Anthracite and Pennsylvania Dutch Region, The Philadelphia Region, and the Pittsburgh Region. Each includes rare color photographs of trolley lines specific to the region. At the time of publication, Volkmer was Chief Mechanical Officer for the Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority in Florida.
  Other titles include:
  • TF724.P4 S33 1978 "West Branch Trolleys : Street Railways of Lycoming & Clinton Counties," (1978) by Paul J. Schieck & Harold E. Cox
  • TF724.P4 S68 "Viewing Pennsylvania Trolleys," (1971) by Kenneth C. Springirth • TF725.S35 R64 1999 "Scranton's Trolleys," (1999) by Benson W. Rohrbeck
  • HE5425.P4 D43 "Trolleys of the Pennsylvania Dutch Country : Harrisburg, Hershey, Lebanon, Reading, Lancaster, York, Hanover and Gettysburg," (1970) by John D. Denney, Jr
  • TF725.N58 G67 1987 "North Branch Trolleys," (1987) by Gene D. Gordon
  • TF724.P45 G67 "Toonervilles of the Susquehanna : A History of the Lewisburg Milton and Watsontown Passenger Railway Company, North Branch Transit Company, Berwick and Nescopeck Street Railway Company, Danville and Sunbury Transit Company, and Other Projected Lines," (1953) by Gene D. Gordon
  • TF725.W9 C69 1988 "Wyoming Valley Trolleys: Street Railways of Wilkes-Barre, Nanticoke and Pittston, Pennsylvania," (1988) by Harold E. Cox • HE4487.O3 C5 "Northern Ohio's Interurbans and Rapid Transit Railways," (1965) by Harry Christiansen
  • TF725.D363 D367 1975 "Danville & Sunbury Transit Co.: The Interurban That Never Was," (1975) by Gene D. Gordon

All books in this collection are available in the Andruss Library Special Collections, located in the University Archives area on the 3rd floor of the Harvey A. Andruss Library.