Lost Trolleys of Queens and Long Island

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Arcadia Publishing, 2006 - History - 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 today--with barely a trace of the trolleys left anywhere.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
The New York and Queens County Railway
9
The Manhattan and Queens Traction
45
The New York and North Shore Traction Railway
57
The Trolleys That Met All the Trains
61
The South Shore Lines and a Surprise
69
The New York and Long Island Traction Company
77
The Long Island Electric Railway
83
Steinway and Jamaica Central
89
The Saga of the Rockaways
113
Finishing the Story
123
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

In Lost Troll eys of Qu een s an d Long Isl an d, Stephen L. Meyers gives t hese lines--more than 20 of them--new 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 Manhattan's Lost Streetcars, he is a longtime member of the Electric Railroaders' Association in New York and other rail groups.