THE NORWAY & PARIS STREET RAILWAY, 1895-1918 BY O.R. CUMMINGS & PETER C. HAMMOND

THE NORWAY & PARIS STREET RAILWAY, 1895-1918
THE NORWAY & PARIS STREET RAILWAY, 1895-1918
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The Norway & Paris Street Railway began operation on Monday, July 1, 1895. The fare was five cents. On opening day, a 15-minute headway was provided with two cars and on the first night, the Norway Brass Band rode on one of the cars, both of which carried capacity loads on all trips. The heady writing continued through Independence Day, after which the headway was increased to half hourly, with cars leaving Norway on the hour and half hour and departing from South Paris on the quarter hour. This same schedule was followed after cars begin running through to Market Square and the Andrews House in South Paris in late August and was continued for more than 20 years. The running time between Andrews House and the end of the line in Norway was fifteen minutes and the nickel fare was never increased. It was the shortest trolley line in Maine. The Norway & Paris was one of those friendly rural trolley lines so plentiful in New England before the automobile era, but with the coming of the automobile, individual transportation gradually displaced mass transit that ran on a schedule, and the days of the Norway & Paris were numbered. This well-illustrated monograph details the history of that bygone era in mass transit. Paperback 54 Pages