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Title Puget Sound Electric Railway Passenger Train
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date 1905
Description Black and white photograph of a Puget Sound Electric Railway, passenger train stopped on the tracks. There are three cars, Number 502, 507, and the last in unreadable. Each of the cars has a uniformed conductor or engineer standing on or near the front stairs of his car, facing the camera. In each car there are a variety of men, women, and children passengers, who are looking out the windows at the camera. In the foreground of the photo there are grasses and shrubbery along the tracks, and a few trees on the opposite side of the train. Several electrical poles and lines can be seen running along the tracks, behind the train.

The Puget Sound Electric Railway, or "Interurban," was an interurban railway that ran for 38 miles between Tacoma and Seattle, Washington in the first quarter of the 20th century. It was headquartered in Kent, Washington. The railroad ran for 26 years, until competition from trucks, buses, and automobiles on an ever-expanding road network, as well as the steam railroads led to reduced ridership in the early 1920s, leading to a decision to shut down in 1928. Residents all along the line protested the decision, however, and the rails were not pulled up until 1930.
Catalog Number PO-00053
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People Opstad, Edwin Andrew