Trolleys of the Capital District (Images of Rail)

October 31, 2020
Trolleys of the Capital District (Images of Rail)

When it came to first-class transportation, not many regions ofNorth America had more to offer than the trolley lines of NewYork's Capital District. From their humble beginnings as horseroads forming belts around Albany, Schenectady, and Troy, thesetrolley lines helped move people around Upstate New York from thelate 1800s until their final exit after World War II. The lines ofthe United Traction Company, Schenectady Railway, and the HudsonValley Railway provided hundreds of miles of track around theirhome cities, as well as direct routes to resorts in theAdirondacks, Lake George, and Saratoga Springs. The trolley linesbecame famous for disasters that made national headlines, labordisputes, and engineering wonders that included the longest trolleybridge in the world. The vintage images in Trolleys of the CapitalDistrict provide insight into an era gone by and an often forgottenform of transportation.As a child, Gino DiCarlo rode the busses of the Capital Districtover the same routes as the local trolley lines and has beeninterested in public transportation ever since. A love forrailroads in general led him to build an extensive collection ofrail transportation photographs, which he showcases on his Website.