I passed through Pittsburgh a number of times as
a youth in the 1960s. I was usually riding in the family car, and could
only admire wistfully the good number of trolley routes
then still operating, all with those wonderful PCC trolleys. Tracks twisted up and down hills
and extended out from street-running routes downtown in several main directions.
One exceptional time, traveling by Greyhound with a friend equally
appreciative of urban rail transit, we transferred buses in Pittsburgh, and
had several hours of waiting time. We chose to
ride the 56 McKeesport line its full distance outbound. The scenery
and the ride were wonderful, and the feeling of being in a much earlier rail
era was enthralling. And what glorious memories remain! Memories, but alas, no photos.
This image is taken from the front end of a train
heading inbound from Library. The forest-lined right of way makes
for a very pleasant passage. It's not 56 McKeesport, but riding
out on the further portions of the Library line in its own way still
brings with it a certain feeling for the trolley routes of old, and