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Streetcars

Although we generally picture electrified vehicles when we here the word streetcar, or trolley, this early form of public transportation was originally horse-drawn. A number of Vermont cities began operating horse-drawn streetcar service during the mid-to-late 19th century. At the advent of electricity, the electrified streetcar, running on tracks and powered by overhead lines, became a popular form of public transportation in and between cities. Burlington ran the first electric streetcar in Vermont in 1893. Many companies discontinued service in the 1920s, at which time the automobile replaced both streetcar and railway as the dominant form of transportation. Many streetcar companies, like Burlington's, turned to public bus service.

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Brief History of Vermont Streetcar Companies
Streetcar Images
Streetcar Tracks
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