Lost Trolleys of Queens and Long Island

October 31, 2020
Lost Trolleys of Queens and Long Island

An amazing assortment of electric trolley lines once traversedthe towns and villages of Queens and Long Island. With names likeJamaica Central, Northport Traction, Ocean Electric, and theSteinway lines, some meandered across meadows and hills whileothers sped over elevated tracks. There was even one line that hadstreetcars but no tracks. In the end, all of them helped stitch thecountryside into the concentrated suburban area it is today—withbarely a trace of the trolleys left anywhere.In Lost Troll eys of Qu een s an d Long Isl an d, Stephen L.Meyers gives t hese lines—more than 20 of them—new life. Withexceptional images and fascinating detail about things like thetiny storage battery cars and the trolleys that met all the trains,he traces the streetcar era from the late 1800s to the mid-1930s.The author of Manhattan's Lost Streetcars, he is a longtime memberof the Electric Railroaders' Association in New York and other railgroups.