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Springirth, Kenneth C.

Overview
Works: 34 works in 47 publications in 1 language and 567 library holdings
Genres: History  Pictorial works  Anecdotes  Illustrated works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: TF724.P4, 388.4609748
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Most widely held works by Kenneth C Springirth
Pittsburgh streamlined trolleys by Kenneth C Springirth( )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 48 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pittsburgh Streamlined Trolleys covers the history of the trolley car system that once had the third largest fleet of Presidents' Conference Committee trolley cars in North America. Pittsburgh Railways Company was very innovative and constantly made design improvements in its trolley cars. This led to increased ridership, as these streamlined trolleys were quiet, fast, and had comfortable seating. With the increased use of automobiles, ridership declined. After the Port Authority of Allegheny County took over Pittsburgh Railways, most of the trolley routes were abandoned. However, a number of trolleys were refurbished with paint schemes that included psychedelic commercial advertising and community messages. The last runs of these trolleys occurred in 1999, and new light rail vehicles are now in service
Suburban Philadelphia trolleys by Kenneth C Springirth( )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 46 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Company prospered through the hard times of the 1930s and was the last privately-owned trolley system in the United States. Aerodynamically designed Bullet cars of the Philadelphia and Western Railway dramatically reduced travel time on the Sixty-ninth Street to Norristown line. The Presidents' Conference Committee trolley cars of the Philadelphia Transportation Company linked the boroughs of Darby, Colwyn, and Yeadon with Philadelphia. Photographs of Media's 1977 town fair feature vintage trolleys in the only suburban community in the United States with a trolley line ending in its main street. Suburban Philadelphia Trolleys covers the history of the trolleys that served Philadelphia's western suburbs
Greater Erie trolleys by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 40 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the first electric trolley car entered service in Erie in 1889, it revolutionized public transportation in the region. Within a few years, Erie became a major trolley hub linking the eastern and central United States. With the exception of a 15-mile gap at Little Falls, one could travel from New York City to Chicago via Erie. Greater Erie Trolleys covers the network of trolley lines that operated between Erie, Conneaut, Buffalo, and Meadville. Greater Erie Trolleys illustrates the vital role trolley cars played in the expansion of the urban population. It documents the beginning of pleasure travel with photographs of the special trolley car excursions from Erie to Elk Park for picnics, dances, and sporting events. Ridership began to decline just as the automobile came on the scene and dirt roads became paved highways. Eventually the lines were abandoned, but the trolleys left an important mark in transportation history
Southeastern Pennsylvania trolleys by Kenneth C Springirth( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An extensive number of trolley car lines linked the city of Philadelphia to the rich farmland and picturesque towns of southeastern Pennsylvania. These trolley lines traversed miles of narrow streets lined with row houses whose residents were proud working-class Americans. These historic photographs trace the trolley cars' routes, including Route 23, the region's longest urban trolley route, from the expanses of Northwest Philadelphia's Chestnut Hill through the crowded commercial Center City to South Philadelphia with a variety of neighborhood stops at everything in between. Southeastern Pennsylvania Trolleys follows the history of the trolley cars that have served this diverse and historic region
Arcade and Attica Railroad by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1881, a narrow-gauge railroad was built in southwestern New York, from Attica to Arcade. It was later rebuilt to standard gauge to connect with what became the Pennsylvania Railroad. Concerned that the line would be abandoned, local farmers, merchants, and others raised money to purchase the railroad and formed the Arcade and Attica Railroad. Through vintage photographs, Arcade and Attica Railroad highlights the history of a railroad that, faced with declining revenues, launched steam-powered passenger service in 1962. With a dedicated management team that has taken the time and effort to face obstacles, the pride of loyal employees, and a supportive community, the railroad has endured a variety of herculean challenges to continue passenger and freight service in Wyoming County, New York
Viewing Pennsylvania trolleys by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

1 edition published in 1971 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

East Broad Top Railroad by Kenneth C Springirth( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chartered in 1856, the East Broad Top Railroad began operating in 1873 through scenic Huntingdon County in south-central Pennsylvania. This well-managed narrow-gauge railroad connected the isolated Broad Top Mountain coal field with the Pennsylvania Railroad at Mount Union. With a decline in the hauling of coal, service ended in 1956. Nick Kovalchick, president of the Kovalchick Salvage Company of Indiana, Pennsylvania, purchased the railroad and reopened a portion of it as a tourist line in 1960. Through vintage photographs, East Broad Top Railroad showcases the steam locomotives, rolling stock, and railroad yard at Rockhill Furnace, which is the most historic railroad yard in North America
Johnstown trolleys and incline by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Johnstown flood on May 31, 1889, virtually demolished the horse car lines of the Johnstown Passenger Railway Company, resulting in the system being rebuilt with electric trolley cars. Johnstown Trolleys and Incline covers the history of the trolley car system, trackless trolleys, and the Johnstown Inclined Plane. Johnstown was the last small city in the United States to operate a variety of vintage and modern trolley cars along with trackless trolleys. The Johnstown incline played a key role in transporting residents to higher ground in the devastating floods of 1936 and 1977. Ridership declined with the coming of the automobile and the changing industrial scene in the region. Rail enthusiasts from all parts of the country came to Johnstown on its last day of trolley service in 1960, and the last runs are fully illustrated in these vintage photographs
Northwestern Pennsylvania railroads by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Erie's rail link to Philadelphia was achieved in 1864 with the completion of the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad, which later became part of the Pennsylvania Railroad. By 1869, railroad lines from Buffalo through Erie to Chicago were consolidated into the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railway, which later became part of the New York Central Railroad. Completed in 500 days, the parallel New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad, commonly known as the "Nickel Plate Road," was a 513-mile, well-designed railroad that emphasized excellent service. South of the lakeshore, the wide-gauge Erie Railroad enhanced east to west connections. Through vintage photographs, Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroads brings to life the history of the railroads that have served the region
Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andrew Carnegie's vision of transporting iron ore from his boats on Lake Erie to his Pittsburgh steel mills was realized when he obtained ownership of a series of railroad companies in the region. In 1900, these companies became the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad, which connected the Lake Erie ports of Erie, Pennsylvania, and Conneaut, Ohio, south to North Bessemer near Pittsburgh. Through vintage photographs, Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad highlights the railroad passenger excursions to Conneaut Lake Park and the steam and diesel locomotives used on the well-maintained line. The railroad continues to serve the steel industry today and in May 2004 was acquired by the Canadian National Railway
Oil Creek and Titusville railroad by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Remembering the Pennsylvania railroad by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A photographic essay documenting the Pennsylvania Railroad, including pictures of the CG1 electric locomotives. Provides insight to an extensive railroad system that survives today
Erie to Conneaut by trolley; history of the Cleveland & Erie Railway Company by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trolleys of Pennsylvania by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reading Railroad heritage by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Reading Railroad Heritage is a photographic essay of the history of a well-run system up to its acquisition by the Consolidated Rail Corporation in 1976, and its legacy that includes the Reading & Northern Railroad, certain electrified commuter lines operated by the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in the Philadelphia area, and a sampling of a number of short line railroads that were initiated to preserve rail service. The Philadelphia & Reading Railroad opened its first line from Philadelphia to Reading in 1839. Within a few years, it constructed railroad lines throughout the coal fields of eastern Pennsylvania and in 1893 became the Reading Company. The railroad was noted for its design and building of steam locomotives, which culminated in the fabulous T1 class of steam locomotives placed in service in 1945-1946. Some of these freight locomotives, with their classic arched cab windows, powered the Iron Horse Rambles of the 1960s. Circumstances beyond its control, including the decline in the hauling of anthracite coal and passenger business, ended in the bankruptcy of the railroad."--Page 4 of cover
Baltimore streetcar memories by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Baltimore was the first United States city to begin regularly scheduled electric railway service in 1885. However, because of technical problems the line had to go back to horse car operation. After Frank J. Sprague developed an electric streetcar powered by an overhead wire for Richmond, Virginia; Baltimore adopted the new system and in 1893 opened the first electric line in the United States to operate on an elevated structure. By 1899, Baltimore streetcar lines, with their unique 5 foot 4.5 inch track gauge, were unified by the United Railways and Electric Company which purchased 885 semi-convertible cars with windows that could be raised up for summer operation and lowered for winter operation. Baltimore Transit Company was the third United States system to introduce modern Presidents' Conference Committee (PCC) cars and at its peak operated the eighth largest fleet of these cars. A combination of factors including a ridership decline and making many downtown streets one way contributed to conversion to an all bus system. Baltimore Streetcar Memories is a photographic essay of history of the Baltimore, Maryland streetcar system up to its closure in 1963 and the return of a modern streetcar/light rail system 29 years later in 1992."--Amazon.com
San Francisco's magnificent streetcars by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Grape belt trolleys by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

1 edition published in 1970 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

North American trolleys by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

1 edition published in 1976 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Trolleys of the English speaking world : includes systems in Australia, United States, Canada, England, and Isle of Man by Kenneth C Springirth( Book )

1 edition published in 1978 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Pittsburgh streamlined trolleys
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Suburban Philadelphia trolleysGreater Erie trolleysSoutheastern Pennsylvania trolleysArcade and Attica RailroadEast Broad Top RailroadJohnstown trolleys and inclineNorthwestern Pennsylvania railroadsBessemer and Lake Erie RailroadOil Creek and Titusville railroad
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