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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

More on the Extension of the Pelham Manor Trolley Line in 1910 -- The Toonerville Trolley Line

The Pelham Manor trolley line inspired Fontaine Fox to create the Toonerville Trolley portrayed in his long-running "Toonverville Folks" comic strip.  Until Labor Day, 1910, that trolley line ended on Pelhamdale Avenue near today's Grant Avenue, only a few hundred feet from where the Pelham Manor Depot then stood on the Branch Line.

I recently have written about the opening of the extension of that line on September 5, 1910.  See:  Wed., December 30, 2009:  Opening of the Extension of the Pelham Manor Trolley Line in 1910 -- The Toonerville Trolley Line

Today's posting to the Historic Pelham Blog transcribes an article published in the New Rochelle Pioneer on July 30, 1910 describing plans to construct and open the extension.  The text of that article appears below, followed by a citation to its source.


The extension of the Pelham Manor line of the Westchester Electric Railway will be in operation within two months, according to an announcement made by a railway official.

The running of this line will open up to Westchester County and New York another means of reaching Long Island Sound by trolley.  The poles were put up this week and just as soon as work is completed on the Split Rock road, the tracks will be laid on Pelhamdale avenue.  Superintendent Wheeler said:  'It all depends as to the time when they will complete the improvements on the Split Rock road.  That is the only other thoroughfare which can be used by people while we are doing our work.  The street is now practically closed and the company was requested not to begin laying the rails until the street was open.  As soon as it is open we will go ahead, and it will only be a matter of a few days when the extension will be ready for use.'

The Pelham Manor line ends now at a point near the bridge of the Harlem River railroad.  It is to be extended under the bridge down Pelhamdale avenue to the entrance to the grounds of the New York Athletic Club.--Pelham Sun."

Source:  Trolley to Shore Road, New Rochelle Pioneer, Jul. 30, 1910, p. 3, col. 5.

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