Mike Szilagyi Presents Montgomery County Railways

Join us for an evening filled with rich local history. Mike presents stories and pictures of the Railways that spanned Montgomery County. Authoring two books on the Trolleys, Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Mike Szilagyi’s interest in trolleys was sparked at a young age by the sight of big green streamliners gliding down Old York Road near his grandmother’s house in the Logan section of Philadelphia. 

Imagine living in the Harleysville, Lederach, Skippack area and having access to convenient, frequent electric transit service.  A hundred years ago, that service was provided by the Montgomery County Rapid Transit Company’s trolley line.  We tend to think that the horse-and-buggy era ended at the point where Henry Ford’s Model T and the automobile era began. But that’s not entirely true.  For a few short decades in between — 1900 to 1920 — a network of electric trolley lines connected towns, villages, and the countryside in between. During those years you didn’t need to own a car to get to work, do your shopping, attend school.  This is because in addition to steam railroads, Montgomery County once boasted a 140 mile electric trolley system, virtually all traces of which have been erased from the landscape.  “Ride the Wogglebug” is a richly illustrated presentation that traces both the history and the route of once such trolley line, exploring why it was built, who built it, and what became of it.  Your host will be author and historian Mike Szilagyi, AICP.

     

No registration necessary. Donations appreciated for attendance.