Talking about the history of Albany's streetcars

Western Ave streetcar maybe 1920s

A streetcar on Western Ave, near Manning Boulevard. / photo: Albany Public Library History Collection

The Albany Public Library is hosting a talk about the history of Albany's streetcar system with city historian Tony Opalka April 10. The talk is in partnership with the Historic Albany Foundation. It's at the Washington Ave Branch at 5:30 pm in the large auditorium, and it's free.

Albany -- for that matter, the whole Capital Region -- once had an extensive trolley system. And it helped shape the development of the city in the early 20th century.

There's something about streetcars that still lights up people up, even though they've gone from the city for roughly 70 years. So we wouldn't be surprised if this talk ended up being very popular, so you might want to show up a few minutes early if you want a good seat.

Earlier:
+ Riding the trolley -- everywhere
+ Other Timelines: A brief history of the Capital Region's much-admired light rail system

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Comments

Looks interesting. Maybe it will make sense to bring them back at some point

Awesome photo. If I am not mistaken, that had to be taken standing just about in the current intersection of Manning and Western, looking west towards the trolley car.

There's still an old catenary near that spot, further east by about a half a block.

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