It’s Train Thursday

What does baseball and public transportation have in common? If you are a Dodgers fan you might not know where the name came from. Established in 1883, the team originated in Brooklyn, New York, where it was known originally as the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers before becoming just the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932. The team was sold and moved west in 1958 and became the Los Angeles Dodgers.

early 1900s trolleys lined the streetsThe team’s name came from the idea that Brooklyn residents were good at evading being hit by the city’s trolley street car network. Street railways came to Brooklyn in 1854, when the first horse drawn line opened. Electrification came to Brooklyn in the 1890’s and before the end of the decade, the streets were filled with electric street cars. It became a challenge just to cross major streets and thus the name was born.

Street Car CemeteryThese trolleys were eventually scrapped and replaced by buses. Having fallen out of favor there are some cities where the trolley bus has come back.

Looking like a bus with sticks, there are no road surfaces to tear up and lay track. All that is required is to hang wires overhead with an established constant electrical connection using spars and wires from a electrified bus below.

Irisbus southern France

Europe invests in their public transportation network to aid commerce.