Trolleys, Trams and Light Rail Around the World (Fonthill)

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This book explores the various methods of trolley and tram transport around the world, in cities from Pittsburgh to Blackpool, Melbourne to Hong Kong.

Tram enthusiast Kenneth C. Springirth takes us on a journey to centres of streetcar heritage across the world. Starting at Pittsburgh’s iconic downtown subway, you will travel to the Isle of Man, with its amazing open-air horse-drawn trams, and Blackpool, with its neat, well-patronized double deckers.

Several stops are made in mainland Europe: in Amsterdam, for instance, where the authorities have revitalized the popular tram system; and Helsinki, where the network has seen recent investment and expansion.

In the Far East, there are stops in Hong Kong, home of the world’s largest fleet of double-decker trams, and further south, in Melbourne, which boasts the largest streetcar system in the English-speaking world.

Then it’s a long hop across the Pacific to Toronto, Canada, to find what is arguably the most impressive trolley car system in North America.

Illustrated with over 190 archive photographs, each accompanied by informative captions. 128 pages.

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