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Trolleys of the Capital District

This is the last trolley to run in Albany in August 1946.

This is the last trolley to run in Albany in August 1946. Submitted Photo

— “It was basically asking the old timers in town about it. There seemed to be a lot of fond memories of taking the trolley as opposed to having a car or bus,” said DiCarlo. “I’d hear stories from people about where they ran. There are still buildings sitting around nowadays … built by the trolley line.”

Some storage buildings by Latham Circle Mall used to be substations that provided power for the trolleys between Schenectady and Troy, and Central Avenue is home to an old substation for the Albany-Schenectady trolley line.

“There’s no sign at the places telling you that,” said DiCarlo.

DiCarlo managed to collect photos from some of his trolley-riding friends, so his book is full of local pictures narrated by the history he uncovered.

“The books is mostly a picture book of all the trolley lines … and has a history of each line,” said DiCarlo.

When trolleys became extinct after World War II, many lines were converted to bus routes.

DiCarlo will speak at the William K. Sanford Library at 629 Albany Shaker Road at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11.

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