Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Mt.Tom Railroad - A Ride To Lower Station

The trolley line from Mt. Park to Lower Station originated at the pavillion at Mt. Park, notice the beautiful view of the Whiting Street Reservoir in the background. The rock cut was widened in the early sixties for the road to the Mt. Tom Ski Area.

Trolley cars arriving at Lower Station from Mountain Park, as one can see in the peak years of operation in the early 1900s, there were several cars that travelled between Mt. Park and Lower Station to bring passengers to and fro.

By the end of the trolley line in the 1930s, the so-called "One Man Band" operation was installed where one operator would take the Highlands-Mt. Park trolley from downtown to Mt. Park, then he would leave that trolley unattended and board the trolley to Lower Station, he would then leave that trolley unattended to operate either the Elizur Holyoke or the Rowland Thomas to the Summit House atop Mt. Tom.

On his way up the incline railway, he would pass his "opposite" who was on his way to drop off passengers at Mt. Park and to pick up passengers downtown, once atop the summit he would wait for his "opposite to make the return trip (which was around 30 minutes) and to start the cycle all over again.

Here's a picture of Lower Station from the early 1900s, pictured is one of the trolley operators
and (maybe) his gal, (if anyone has any info on the two people pictured, please let me know)
The picture looks as though it was taken early in the morning before the start of another day of the Mt. Tom Railroad transporting people to the Mt. Tom Summit House. If one looks closely one can see either the Elizur Holyoke or the Rowland Thomas cable cars in the car barn. (photo from the Robert Schwobe Collection)


Anonymous said...

Good morning Leonard
Everything is only a moment away and the only real truth is 'living memory'. Thanks for sharing this. I am off to continue researching (in the micro film) the lads of Portknockie, who went off to war and did not come home. Their stories are there but I have to search as their is no one around left to tell me about the summers of 1914 - 1918.

Thanks for posting Mt. Tom.

Old Newsie said...

It's been awhile but finally got back to your blogs. Nice group pf pix from Mount Tom. That painted rock alarm about the hang glider was intersting but expensive for the police, etc. Hope you are well.

Redtelephone66 said...

Hello Old Newsie,

Nice to hear from you, hope all is well with you also.
Thanks for dropping by, keep in touch.


Redtelephone66 said...

Hello Cy,
Thank you for visiting the blog.


Garnetrose said...

Some great pics here. I need to get some out of our trips to that area of New York. It has some wonderful scenery.