Trolley line, circa 1898

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Tim Wager is working to colorize hundreds of black-and-white photographs of Bennington in the 19th and 20th centuries from the Bennington Museum collection, and has been sharing them with the Banner. This week's photo, taken circa 1898, shows the Bennington & Hoosick Valley Railway (trolley), which was created by a merger of the Bennington Electric Railway Co. and the Hoosick Railway Co. The Hoosick Railway line ended in Walloomsac, New York, and the Bennington Line ended in North Bennington. About five miles of track was added to connect the two, and service started on July 1, 1898. The great flood of 1927 wiped out a large portion of the track system, and that was the end of the trolley, which was already seeing a decline in passengers created by popularity of the automobile. This image is believed to have been taken in the vicinity of the Bennington Battlefield.


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