To "The Trolley Stop" and "trolleystop.com"! My name is Rick Russell. I am a volunteer Motorman (trolley operator), Conductor, Dispatcher, Inspector-Instructor and Tour Guide at the Seashore Trolley Museum, which is located in Kennebunkport, Maine. The museum is a non-profit, educational institution, dedicated to the preservation for future generations, of a very important part of transportation history.
Founded in 1939, the Seashore Trolley Museum is the oldest and largest museum of its kind in the world (to visit the museum's home page, click on "TRANSFER STATION" in the link index at the bottom of any page. Or, if you are viewing the "frames" version of this site, you can click on "TRANSFER STATION" in the left frame).
This site has been developed as a resource, for students and others, who are unfamiliar with the important role the street railway industry, and the electric trolley, played in the everyday lives of the vast majority of Americans, during the period of it's greatest popularity, from 1890 to 1930. Also included, is the progress of the street railway industry, from the 1930's to the present (1999).
Did you know that around World War I, in it's heyday, the electric street railway industry was the 5th largest industry in the United States, employing over 100,000 people nationwide?
Come aboard our trolley and learn more about the street railway industry, and how it moved the people, who built our modern cities, and helped develop, and populate the suburbs, back in a less hectic time, before the automobile became king!
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN TROLLEYS WERE EVERYWHERE!
Click on "OMNIBUS STREET" to begin your ride through the history of the trolley era.
PLEASE NOTE: This site is currently being updated and expanded. You may notice that some pages have had more information and graphics added recently, while others have not. This update is being completed as quickly as possible. Thanks in advance for your interest and understanding.