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First Trolley Car System in Richmond

N 5th St, Richmond, VA , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 37° 32' 40.173576", -77° 26' 9.288204"
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In 1888, the world's first successful electric railway, the Richmond Union Passenger Railway, branched at this point to link downtown and Jackson Ward with the suburbs. This system, designed by Frank Julian Sprague (1857-1934), contained 12 miles of track with 40 trolley cars running to Byrd Park in the West End and to 29th and Broad streets in the East End. This model system that Revolution ized urban transportation ceased operation in November, 1949.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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