Trolley Car Treasury Author:Frank Rowsome Presents a wealth of trolley tales, songs, photographs, and cartoons that recapture the happy screech, clang, and hiss of the trolley. Here are the first horsecars, and all the nostalgia lore which attended the purchase of streetcar horses. New York's Third Avenue Line which kept 1700 horses in its stable, had a preference for grays on the th... more »eory that they were apt to mind the heat least. Mules were preferred on some lines, especially in the South, since they ate less, cost less, and minded the heat less.
Frank Rowsome has assembled all the lore of the quaint and popular cable car which San Francisco was the first to have and the last to relinquish. Often converted horsecars, the first electric trolleys were considered by the public to be dangerous when it rained. Men handed their pocket watches to their stay-behind womenfolk before boarding because the powerful electric current flowing invisibly about a car might magnetize them. But timidity soon turned to genuine affection and the Golden Age of the trolley began. Majestic interurbans, boasting speeds of 70 miles per hour and complete with parlor cars and diners, almost spanned the country« less