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All Aboard: The Peninsular Interurban Railroad

  • Campbell Historical Museum 51 N Central Ave Campbell, CA, 95008 United States (map)

All Aboard: The Peninsular Interurban Railroad
with Historian Ray Cosyn
part of the History Happy Hour series
Friday, May 8, 5:30-7:30PM
Campbell Historical Museum, 51 N. Central Avenue, Campbell

Before there was VTA and light rail-there was the Peninsular Interurban. The PI was a hybrid between a railroad car and city trolley car that ran on electricity through high tension power lines. At the time of the building of the PI, the automobile was in its infancy. Paved roads were uncommon in Santa Clara County and it was rare to see a vehicle with an internal combustion engine on the road. But there was a need for fast and clean transportation and a way to tie the towns in the Santa Clara Valley together. The electric interurban came to the Valley in 1904. By the 1930s, the automobile culture was developing, roads were widening, and the privately run PI could not compete.  The era of efficient public transportation in the Valley had come to an end.

Saratoga Historian Ray Cosyn will discuss the history of the Peninsular Interurban that ran through Campbell and tied the community to San Jose and other towns in the Valley.  Come join the discussion about the Peninsular Interurban and the history of public transportation in the Valley.  Where are we now with VTA and other forms of transportation?