“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newville in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Newville Trolley

Newville Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
1. Newville Trolley Marker
Inscription. In September of 1910 the Cumberland Railway Co. began trolley service between Newville and Carlisle. The cars left Newville and Carlisle every hour on the hour from 6:00 a.m. to midnight. Each trolley carried a motorman and a conductor whose duties included taking care of packages, firing the stove in winter and collecting fares. From Newville the fare was five cents to Goodyear, ten cents to Plainfield, fifteen cents to Meadowbrook and twenty cents to Carlisle.

With the advent of cheap hydro-electric power in the 1800ís trolleys, which were powered by electricity, could offer lower fares than railroads, and for short trips this method of travel became popular in the Cumberland Valley.

Because this line was a latecomer to the scene and automobiles were becoming popular, it failed to attract sufficient riders to keep it profitable. Even the trolley park east of Newville with its picnic grounds could not forestall the inevitable and the last trolley ran on Sunday October 31, 1920. The tracks were removed in 1921.

(Inscription below the photo in the upper center)
L-R John Koch, H.B. (Ping) Koser, Bruce Bowman

(Inscription below the photo in the lower right)
Trolley in front of the J.S. Elliott home on Big Spring Avenue. The building housing the Elliott Coffee Company is shown behind the house.

Newville Trolley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, May 30, 2015
2. Newville Trolley Marker
40° 10.146′ N, 77° 24.054′ W. Marker is in Newville, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker is on West Big Spring Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newville PA 17241, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Byers-Eckels House (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Presbyterian Church and Manse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); State Police School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Spring Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Newville War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First National Bank of Newville (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Spring Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); William Denning (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newville.
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 207 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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