Then and Now
Lehigh valley Trolley

 
Trolley at West Point, PA
                                                   Lehigh Valley Trolley at West Point - April 15, 1951              Photo thanks to Neil Shankweiler
From Charles Howser collection                            
 
2009
 
Trolley at West Point, PA
Boarding one of the cars on the 'Liberty Bell Route' at stop # 128, West Point, Pennsylvania.
Moyer Boulevard is to the left. Beyond the shed for the trolley stop is West Point Pike.
 
Trolley at West Point, PA
1949. Moyer Boulevard is in the foreground.

The Lehigh Valley Transit Company ended service without public notice on September 6, 1951.
The next day, a Friday, riders waited in vain for a trolley they would never see again.

The LVT had high ridership during WWII but it dropped after the war. Service quality declined along with declining revenue, which led to greater ridership loss. In September 1951, the financially failing LVT received temporary approval from the Pennsylvania PUC to suspend its interurban operation. Fearful that it might be ordered to resume operation, LVT had crews immediately remove signals, tear out trolley catenary, and rip up rails. It was the end of a southeastern Pennsylvania transportation institution that had existed for over fifty y
ears.

 
At present time the stretch of Moyer Road in the top photo has been abandoned, as has been the right of way of the
trolley tracks (ergo all the foliage.) Some of the utility poles still survive. The tops were cut off and they were used for
electric lines for awhile, but this is no longer the case. Currently they are used by Verizon and Comcast. 
 
Upper Gwynedd Township did a beautiful job of moving Moyer Boulevard to ease traffic problems.
 
Trolley at West Point, PA
Another view of the trolley at the West Point station.
 
Trolley at West Point, PA
Looking across Moyer Boulevard towards the train tracks. Click for larger image.