Explore the Trolley Era through timelines, videos, articles, and more.
• Trolley Era Orientation
Explore the essential facts of the Trolley Era.
• Pennsylvania Streetcar Timeline
Trace the history of trolleys in Pennsylvania from horsecars to the modern T.
• A Quick Overview of Public Transit in Pittsburgh
PTM Archivist Emeritus, Edward H. Lybarger, and PTM Archivist, Christopher Walker, tell the story of transit in Pittsburgh. Learn more about the omnibus, the horse car, Pittsburgh’s brief period with cable cars, and the rise of the electric streetcar.
• The Trolley Era and the Electric Age
The invention of electric motors, electric lighting, the telephone, electric generation and distribution systems, and the electric streetcar in the late nineteenth century marked the start of the “Electric Age.” The early growth and development of electricity and the street railway industry were tightly intertwined and had great impact on the lives of Americans. Written by PTM Archivist Emeritus Edward H. Lybarger.
• Interactive Transportation Timeline
Explore transportation through history and see where trolleys fit in! From boats to buggies, from steamship to e-scooter — see how different forms of transportation developed and evolved over time, oftentimes to fit the changing needs of society.
• Trolley Era History Films