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Trolley Graveyards

 

Ever wondered what happened to all the trolleys as American cities abandoned their trolley and rapid transit networks?  Some American trolleys were shipped to Europe (and elsewhere in the world) after WWII as part of the Marshall plan. 

Some of the PCCs remained in the states and were sold to other North American municipalities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland and San Francisco, who kept their subway-surface trolley routes and some of their busier surface lines.  Also, hundreds of cars were sold to Toronto and Mexico City for their streetcar systems. 

However, the older wooden trolleys often ended up in the ‘burn pit’  The trolley cars were doused with kerosene and set afire.  The metal left behind was then sold for its scrap value.  Here’s a picture.   

Here is a link to our history of the streetcar page

 


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