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Over 120 years ago, trolleys traveled and connected the various towns in Connecticut. Acco…

Over 120 years ago, trolleys traveled and connected the various towns in Connecticut. According to the Connecticut Trolley Museum, “Trolleys were an important part of life in Connecticut from the late 1800s through the mid-20th century. In an age before family ownership of an automobile was common, the trolley gave the average person an affordable, convenient way to travel around town and between towns, creating many suburban communities.” We have featured photos of the Ellington trolleys in the past, but whenever we find photos it’s impossible not to share them. These vehicles are just so interesting to look at and reminisce days long gone. In fact, today, we are sharing a set of photographs of trolleys in Ellington, Stafford Springs, Tolland and Hartford, we found in our archives. In Ellington Chronicles of Change, author Dorothy Cohen provides the following description of the origins of our town’s trolley. “In 1901, legislation was passed chartering the Rockville, Broad Brook and East Windsor Street Railway Co. By 1903, a survey of the proposed line to connect the Hartford, Manchester, and Rockville Tramway Co (at West Street, Rockville) with the Hartford and Springfield Street Railway, a distance of more than 14 miles and passing through Ellington was completed… the Rockville Branch was opened to the public on May 20, 1906. Fares were 5 cents pers zone, or 25 cents between Rockville and Warehouse Point [Springfield].” She continues, “In 1925, Hartford & Springfield Street Railway reorganized, replacing nearly all trolleys with buses. The Rockville Branch ended service on July 1, 1926, and was dismantled for scrap by the end of the year. In Ellington, the only part of the former grade still visible can be found running through the woods just across Route 140 from the Refuse Gardens.” #smalltownbighistory #ellingtonct #ellingtonhistoricalsociety⁠
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