Stockton & Stokes took out this newspaper ad to publicize their Stagecoach line that departed from Philadelphia in the early 1800s.
This is a schedule from 1859 showing various trains and fares from Philadelphia via the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Prior to buses and trolleys, a number of horse-drawn street cars were operated in and around Philadelphia. These were essentially horse-drawn carriages that ran on rails to create a smoother ride. This photo shows the last day of the Haddington horse-drawn street car in 1876 at 66th Street and Haverford Road. Many of the horse-drawn street cars became trolley lines, some of which still operate to this day.
This is a rail pass issued to Henry Croskey, Esq., by the People’s Passenger Railway Company on January 1, 1886, for a lifetime of free passage on the lines of the People’s Passenger Railway Company. Henry Croskey served on the People’s Passenger Railway Company’s board and was president of the Ridge Avenue Passenger Railway Company.
Trolleys, pedestrians, and automobiles creating congestion in early 1900s Center City Philadelphia.
Digital Collection number: pdcsm00317
This image shows trolleys and horse-drawn carriages interacting at 15th Street and Market Street, taken on October 2, 1907.
Digital Collection number: pdcsm00353
This picture illustrates passengers boarding trains at the North Philadelphia Station.
This is a schedule from 1917 showing various trains and fares from Philadelphia via the Pennsylvania Railroad.
This is a photograph of the C Bus, which traveled Broad Street, taken December 2, 1937.
This photo, taken on March 28, 1938, shows the Pennsylvania Railroad Ticket Office at 1417 Chestnut Street and its slogan of “Ship anything from Apples to Anchors or from Zebras to Zithers by PRR Freight Service.”
This photograph, from June of 1947, was taken on the day the C Bus resumed service up and down the entire length of Broad Street after closing during World War II to conserve fuel and rubber. The C Bus continued to run until 2012 when it was split into two routes: the Route 4 and the Route 16.