In West Rockhill the
trolley was a major mode of transportation at the turn of the
century. Below are pictures of a trolley and of a bridge that
the trolley would travel on. They also used the horse and buggy
for transportation as shown in the top right hand corner of the
left picture below.
is a picture of a trolley in West Rockhill. This picture is dated
is a picture of a trolley bridge in Sellersville. This picture
was also dated © 1905.
Derstine Bridge in West Rockhill © 1905. Today this bridge
is no longer in use.
of the bridge appear at the bottom of this photo with the new
Route 152 Highway above.
The train also helped to tie the area
to Philadelphia and the Allentown / Bethlehem areas. Today the
railroad line is not used for commuter service; numerous attempts
have been made to reopen the northern section of this line from
Lansdale to Bethlehem for commuter use. This rail line is now
only occasionally used for freight transport. Deterioration of
the line and such elements as the Rockhill tunnel have made opening
the line difficult.
|This turn of the century
postcard shows the train leaving Sellersville.
|| Rockhill Tunnel
just north of Perkasie (1999) with deteriorating wall (right
bridge in the center of Sellersville reminds us of a bygone era
when trade centered around the railroad line.
||This view of Sellersville
shows how close this mill and other businesses were to major
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