July 16, 2014 at 10:59 PM
WEST ORANGE, NJ - Clang, clang, clang went the West Orange Trolley as it rolled through West Orange for the last time on March 1, 1951, paving the way for NJ Transit Bus service.
West Orange historian Joe Fagan will be on hand at the West Orange Public Library on Aug. 7 at 7 pm to provide the community with a look back at 59 years of trolley service and its eventual demise.
Fagan provided TAPinto West Orange with an incredible photograph of possibly the last trolley run in town, taken on Feb. 27, 1951 as the trolley left West Orange at the corner of Northfield Avenue and Main Street. One of the new transit buses, soon to replace the trolley, is in view to the right of the photo.The trolley route was known as #21 and is the same number used by the NJ Transit Bus that travels the Main Street route today.
Also seen in the photo is the Condit house, previously located next to St. Mark's Church, which was surreptitiously razed in the 1980s. The now-closed St. Marks Church is located across the street from Supreme Bakery and Johnny's Pizza, and is close to Town Hall.
Fagan will present a slideshow retrospective of the West Orange Trolley including dozens of never before seen photos that will also include the Mississippi Loop and The Erie Loop on both ends of Main Street, outlining their differences and discussing their past histories.
For more information on township historian Joe Fagan and West Orange history, visit his website at http://westorangehistory.com.