End of Trolley Service in Reading, PA
Buses replaced the cars on weekends after September 1, 1951 and trolley service in Reading ended on January 7, 1952. The last run was made by Eddie Brunner, a veteran motorman with 50 years of service, at the controls of flower bedecked car 807. So many people wanted to ride the last car that it was necessary to press another car into service (No. 806 operated by Phillip Bolognese) to accommodate them. With the destination signs reading "Funeral" the two cars were greeted by people along the line, bidding farewell to 77 years of street railway service.
On January 7, 1952, streetcar No. 807, route 16 Mohnton made its last run, ending trolley car service in Berks County. The trolley left 5th and Penn in Reading at 2 p.m. with car 807. Car 807 was follwed by car 806. It ran from Reading to Shillington and Mohnton before returning to the car barn at 10th and Exeter streets. Ten minutes after the trolley returned, the first Reading Bus Co. bus left on the same route. The event brought to a close the 78-year history of the Reading Street Railway Co., which began in 1874 with horse-drawn cars.
More scenes below of Reading, PA Trolley's. The former Reading Transit and Light Company operated trolley lines throughout the city and surrounding area until January 7, 1952, when the last streetcar (# 807) made its last run to Mohnton. *Original VHS video recording digitally enhanced using Neat Video for Adobe After Effects.
Passengers boarding street car 807 at 5th and Penn.
More scenes of Reading, PA Trolley's. The former Reading Transit and Light Company operated trolley lines throughout the city and surrounding area until January 7, 1952, when the last streetcar (# 807) made its last run to Mohnton.