Monday, February 18, 2013

Gratuitous transit post

The caption says "Pittsburgh's early contributions to the art of surface transportation"

Embarassingly, I have lost my note on where that image comes from.  Anyone?

Apparently Pittsburgh has some role in the development of the trolleybus (electric buses via overhead power lines) in the US? 


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's Carson St to Knoxville, so someplace on the SS Slopes.

Always assumed that it was 18th street, but a quick look at the map shows that if one is going up hill there, the downhill side is to the left (not the right as shown in this picture. Same thing would rule out Arlington.

I don't think that's an incline - looks to be on paved streets.

There's a bend on Josephine that seems consistent with this picture, but that's out of the way for Knoxville.

Would love to hear where this is if you figure it out.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 8:15:00 AM  
Blogger jwsmith1984 said...

Believe that's the Pittsburgh, Knoxville & St. Clair Street Railway Co. It opened in 1888 and lasted just three or four years. It started on the Southside on Thirteenth St., crossed over the Pennsylvania RR on a trestle at Fourteenth, wound around St. Michaels Church on Pius St., and ran up Birmingham (now Brosville) St. to Washington (now Warrington) Ave. It was a cog Railway I believe, with the trailer pulled by a Leo Daft engine.


Tuesday, February 19, 2013 10:32:00 PM  

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