Lost Trolleys of Queens and Long Island

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Arcadia Publishing, Jul 12, 2006 - Transportation - 128 pages
An amazing assortment of electric trolley lines once traversed the towns and villages of Queens and Long Island. With names like Jamaica Central, Northport Traction, Ocean Electric, and the Steinway lines, some meandered across meadows and hills while others sped over elevated tracks. There was even one line that had streetcars but no tracks. In the end, all of them helped stitch the countryside into the concentrated suburban area it is todaywith barely a trace of the trolleys left anywhere.
 

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Title Page
Two THE MANHATTAN AND QUEENS TRACTION
Three THE NEW YORK AND NORTH SHORE TRACTION
Five THE SOUTH SHORE LINES AND A SURPRISE
Seven THE LONG ISLAND ELECTRIC RAILWAY
Nine THE SAGA OF THE ROCKAWAYS
Ten FINISHING THE STORY
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In Lost Troll eys of Qu een s an d Long Isl an d, Stephen L. Meyers gives t hese linesmore than 20 of themnew life. With exceptional images and fascinating detail about things like the tiny storage battery cars and the trolleys that met all the trains, he traces the streetcar era from the late 1800s to the mid-1930s. The author of Manhattans Lost Streetcars, he is a longtime member of the Electric Railroaders Association in New York and other rail groups.