Twin Cities by Trolley – The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul is written by two former employees of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Transit Commission John W. Diers and Aaron Isaacs. The book follows the history of the Twin City Trolleys from 1880 to the demise in the 1950s. The streetcar system helped to shape the growth and character of the Minneapolis and St. Paul greater metropolitan area. The book contains over 400 photographs and 70 maps. These photographs and maps help the reader follow the narrative about the routes. The illustrations help the reader remember a time when trolleys were a dominate mode of travel throughout the Twin City area. This is book was signed by the authors.
The book on the Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul recounts the rise and fall of the Twin City Rapid Transit Company. It is filled with the history, organization and operations of the company and the trolley system. The technology, design and construction of the trolley cars is also discussed.
On a more personal note there is an account of what it was like to be a streetcar operator. Twin Cities by Trolley – The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul takes us on a tour of the neighborhoods and city when streetcars were a vital part of the life of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The irony is the new Minneapolis & St. Paul light rail system being currently constructed, follows many of the routes of the original Twin Cities trolley lines abandoned in the 1950s.
Twin Cities by Trolley – The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul covers the history of the Twin Cities Rapid Transit System from its inception to demise with pictures and maps. If you are a traction fan or a history buff you will enjoy this book. This copy of the book is signed by the authors. As an addition note, in the last few years the Twin Cities have built an intercity light rail system between Minneapolis and St. Paul.