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Chester Traction Company
(See also Southern Pennsylvania Bus Co., "Southern Penn")
Photo above from Souvenir History of
Chester under the auspices of the Board of Trade
Published by George M. Burns, Philadelphia, PA 1903
courtesy of Terry Redden Peters
History | Recollections
|History:||The following sketch of the
company is taken from the Souvenir History of Chester, PA under the auspices of the
Board of Trade, Published by George M. Burns, Philadelphia, PA 1903; courtesy of Terry
The Chester Traction Company comprises the largest trolley system in Delaware County, extending its many branches to nearly all the important towns, cities and boroughs. It has direct connections from Market Square to the city of Philadelphia, making connections with the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company cars on Moyamensing Avenue, between 16th Street and 3d Street. It runs its cars direct to the city of Wilmington, Delaware, without change, connecting there with cars to Stanton, Newport, New Castle and Brandywine Springs, Delaware, and Kennett Square and West Chester, in Chester County. Its cars run to Darby, connecting with the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company cars on Woodland Avenue for any part of Philadelphia. Other branches run from Chester to Marcus Hook, along the banks of the Delaware River to Upland, Media, connecting at Media with the Philadelphia and Delaware County Railway Company cars, which pass through Lima, Elwyn, Glen Riddle, Clifton, Lansdowne and Angora, connecting there with the Philadelphia Rapid Transit Company cars.
Chester Traction Company operates the following companies: Chester Street Railway Company, Union Street Railway Company, Chester & Delaware Railway, Philadelphia & Chester Railway Company, Prospect Park Street Railway Company, Media & Chester Electric Railway Company and Southwestern Street Railway Company.
The Chester Traction Company sells six tickets for a quarter, with transfer privileges all over the city.
The Chester Traction Company is a part of the Interstate Railway Company, which owns the following properties:
Their offices are 515 Mariners' and Merchants' Building, 3d and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia.
The officers of the Company are:
There was a lengthy strike of Chester Traction Co. employees in April 1908.
|Trolley Recollections:||The following was provided
by Dr. George W. Lilley, Haverford, PA, Chester Cardiologist and son of
the founder of Cooley Lilley:
"I clearly remember the trolley that ran on Edgmont Ave. I used to ride it from our store at 703 up to 24th St. where we lived. I rode it both ways. I recall a switch at 20th St. where cars going in different directions could pass."
© 2000, 2002 John A. Bullock III.
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