The Gettysburg Electric Trolley

The Gettysburg Electric Trolley tour is a series by Gettysburg Licensed Battlefield Guide Rich Kohr. The trolley existed from 1893 to 1916. The purpose of this series is to follow the trolley around the field, show photographs of what the area looked like at the time the trolley was operating, and show the remaining traces of the trolley today.

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PDFAwfulTrolleyCollision.pdf ZipPart4HistoricImages.zip ZipPart9HistoricImages.zip
PDFTrolleyandAutoCollide.pdf ZipPart5HistoricImages.zip
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The Gettysburg Electric Trolley Part 1
The trolley was one of the first non-horse powered mass transportation systems on the Gettysburg Battlefield. Its supporters promised that the damage to the battlefield’s resources would be minimal, but others, including some veterans groups, disagreed. The Battlefield Memorial Association was almost powerless to stop the trolley from operating on the battlefield.
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The Gettysburg Electric Trolley Part 2
Today we will take the trolley out of Evergreen Cemetery, around the area of the “old” National Park Service Visitor Center, and show its proposed route at the Angle on Cemetery Ridge.
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The Gettysburg Electric Trolley Part 3
Today’s post shows that because the trolley couldn’t travel on Cemetery Ridge, the “outbound” route needed to go to the Emmitsburg Road, where there were some other options.
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The Gettysburg Electric Trolley Part 4
Today’s post takes the trolley south along the Emmitsburg Road to where it turns on the Wheatfield Road at the Peach Orchard.
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The Gettysburg Electric Trolley Part 5
Today’s trolley post takes the trolley into the Wheatfield area.
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The Gettysburg Electric Trolley Part 6
Today’s trolley post covers “the big fill” near Plum Run, and the worst trolley accident.
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The Gettysburg Electric Trolley Part 7
In today’s trolley post, we explore the tracks in the area of Devil’s Den. It is believed that there was a double set of tracks in this area.
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The Gettysburg Electric Trolley Part 8
In today’s post the trolley comes across Plum Run Valley (Valley of Death) and climbs the north slope of Little Round Top.
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The Gettysburg Electric Trolley Part 9
In today’s post, we conclude our trolley posts by showing the two different locations that the line ended on the north slope of Little Round Top.
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