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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

1939: REMOVING THE TROLLEY TRACKS ON PERRY STREET

The interesting view of Perry Street from July, 1939 shows the work in progress of removing the trolley tracks. Most of the main roads in Trenton and environs had these tracks before the rubber tired buses came on the scene. The Perry Street Terminal can be seen on the left across from the Royal Crown Cola delivery truck.

SJBill said...

When was the removal slated to begin? This pic resembles what most Trenton streets look like these days. The truck in the middle was carrying Royal Crown beverages. Wouldn't the Garden Theater (thee - A - ter) be on your immediate right? The old bus station is up a bit on the left. When I was in the Navy I waited for a few transits up to New York if I didn't wish to take the train. Can't be sure, but is that Arctic Refrigeration just before the bus yard?
Up a bit on the right was the old Wise Potato Chip building.
Perry Street sure has gone through some transition in the past half century, hasn't it. THe last time I did anything there was to get steaks from the Freeway Steak House in the mid-60s, and that was a real thriller.


Hi Bill: As you know and for those who don't know, the Garden Theater was on North Broad not far from Perry. As to when the trolley track removal project began, I think I recall reading that they began to plan for it in 1938 but I am not sure.

Tom Glover
Anonymous RALPH LUCARELLA said...

HI TOM....WE SPENT MUCH TIME IN THE 1930'S ON PERRY ST. AT SYNDER'S STORE ACROSS FROM THE BUS TERMINAL AND IN THE 1950'S AT MEL BLATT'S STORE NEXT TO THE GARDEN THEATRE ON N. BROAD ST. MEL BLATT INSTALLED THE BOWLING ALLEYS AT OUR HAMILTON BOWLING LANES IN 1955. I RECALL THE TRACKS ON PERRY ST WERE AMONG THE FIRST REMOVED. BEST REGARDS.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Blogger Mack said...

They voted in December 1934 to end trolley service in Trenton. Something I remember coming across:)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Blogger Tom Glover said...

Hey Mack.Thanks for the inpub. The actual date they began to tear up the tracks was March 23, 1936 on North Warren Street.

Tom Glover

Thursday, January 26, 2012

6 comments:

SJBill said...

When was the removal slated to begin? This pic resembles what most Trenton streets look like these days.

The truck in the middle was carrying Royal Crown beverages.

Wouldn't the Garden Theater (thee - A - ter) be on your immediate right?

The old bus station is up a bit on the left. When I was in the Navy I waited for a few transits up to New York if I didn't wish to take the train.
Can't be sure, but is that Arctic Refrigeration just before the bus yard?

Up a bit on the right was the old Wise Potato Chip building.

Perry Street sure has gone through some transition in the past half century, hasn't it. THe last time I did anything there was to get steaks from the Freeway Steak House in the mid-60s, and that was a real thriller.

RALPH LUCARELLA said...

HI TOM....WE SPENT MUCH TIME IN THE 1930'S ON PERRY ST. AT SYNDER'S STORE ACROSS FROM THE BUS TERMINAL AND IN THE 1950'S AT MEL BLATT'S STORE NEXT TO THE GARDEN THEATRE ON N. BROAD ST. MEL BLATT INSTALLED THE BOWLING ALLEYS AT OUR HAMILTON BOWLING LANES IN 1955. I RECALL THE TRACKS ON PERRY ST WERE AMONG THE FIRST REMOVED. BEST REGARDS.

Mack said...

They voted in December 1934 to end trolley service in Trenton. Something I remember coming across:)

Tom Glover said...

Very true, Mack. However, the actual date they began to tear up the tracks will be different from the date when they voted to go with buses. More to come as I uncover further info.

Tom Glover

AP Super said...

Tom, when I was young I was a movie projectionist at the Mayfair theater. The projection booth was an afterthought, merely a concrete block booth attached to the outside of the building. The booth was held in place by concrete-encased steel girders. At that time (1972-78), my father told me the girders themselves were the old trolley tracks recycled to hold up the booth. I can not vouch for this, but the timing of the addition of the booth (1940) would fit the timeline.

Tom Glover said...

Very interesting story AP. The Mayfair was my favorite downtown theater. My father took me there in 1943 to see the movie "Destroyer" with Edward G. Robinson. I loved those blue mirrors at the entrance way. A gorgeous theater.
Tom