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Streetcars

Pittsburgh, Neville Island, and Coraopolis Street Railway Co. installed electric streetcar lines in Coraopolis in 1892.  By 1913, streetcars were crossing the Sewickley Bridge. Route 23 was the Coraopolis-Sewickley Route. The line closed June 22, 1952, and most of the track was torn up within a few years.

streetcars

Historical 8 ½” x 11” color photo of Pittsburgh Railways PCC Trolley Car #1789, Route #23 Sewickley-Coraopolis, taken on the turn-around loop at the end of the line in Sewickley sometime in early 1951.

Historical 8 ½” x 11” color photo of Pittsburgh Railways PCC Trolley Car #1789, Route #23 Sewickley-Coraopolis, taken on the turn-around loop at the end of the line in Sewickley sometime in early 1951.

  • Pittsburgh, Neville Island, and Coraopolis Street Railway Co.
  • Electric streetcar lines installed 1892, entered operation in 1894
  • By 1913, streetcars crossed the Sewickley Bridge
  • Later owned by Pittsburgh Railways Co. (Byllesby Corp.)
  • Route 23 was the Coraopolis-Sewickley Route
    • route:
      • from downtown Pittsburgh
      • across the old Point Bridge
      • along Island Avenue through McKees Rocks
      • across the Ohio River to Neville Island
      • back across the river to Coraopolis
      • across the Sewickley Bridge to Sewickley
    • much the route ran on private right-of-way
    • seven cent fare in 1951
    • The line closed June 22, 1952
    • most of the track was torn up within a few years
    • Trolley #1789 was one of the newer streetcars on the line in 1951
    • Trolley #1789 was one of the last ones purchased by Pittsburgh Railways Co.

Streetcar on Mill Street outbound to Sewickley

Digital Source: http://digital.library.pitt.edu/cgi-bin/t/text/text-idx?idno=31735056286911;view=toc;c=pitttextdir

Print Source: Pittsburgh and Allegheny directory 1904, R.L. Polk & Co, Pittsburgh, Pa: R.L. Polk & Co. and R.L. Dudley, 1904

Publication Info: Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh, Digital Research Library, 2009-01-16

Availability: This work is believed to be in the public domain with no known restrictions on access and use.

Streetcars ran on tracks embedded in the streets with electricity supplied from overhead lines.

            Coraopolis end of bridge

Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Thursday, Mar 31, 1892

Pittsburgh Daily Post, Wednesday, Feb 10, 1897

Corgi 55018 Pittsburgh Railways PCC #1795 - 23 Sewickley-Coraopolis