Every time the Trolley Tour is back in town, we revisit the history of the Trolley System here in Manchester! The Manchester Historic Association‘s archives came up with a number of great pictures (see slideshow below) of Manchester’s trolley system pre and post the electrification of the trolley cars. The Seashore Trolley Museum, located in Kennebunkport, Maine, had a great excerpt from Manchester Streetcars, a novel by O.R. Cummings of the Manchester Historic Association. Cummings writes:
“There was a time when streetcars were a vital part of daily life in Manchester. From 1877 to 1940, horsecars and trolleys glided up and down the principal streets of the Queen City…By 1892, Manchester had a fine, extensive horsecar system, which was electrified three years later. Expansion began in 1869 and through 1907, the network of tracks grew steadily, with new lines not only serving the Queen City, but also radiating to Goffstown, Concord, Nashua, and Derry. More than one hundred closed and open cars provided vital local transportation during the prime years of the trolley era.”
See the slideshow below for images of some trolleys from Manchester’s past–courtesy of the Manchester Historic Association!
For more information and for all of the stops of the Trolley Tour, click here! The event kicks off at 5:00pm and will run until 8:00pm–just in time for The Houston Bernard Band LIVE at Veterans Park for FREE! The concert is part of the TD Bank Concert in the Park Series! More details on that here.