chocked with glamour
“Trolleys are chocked with glamour.
Gasoline buses choke us and stammer.”
_Elisabeth Scott Bocock
“ESB determined early on that what Hop-on-Trolley needed to excite people was as actual trolley car. She imported one from Oporto, Portugal, and it was put on display in front of the Science Museum.”(circa 1970’s)
“Elisabeth Bocock’s vision was of a city that would take historic preservation seriously, of a society that would accept the importance of conservation. Impatient with process and society’s conventions, she used her enormous personal magnetism to circumvent them when founding many of the institutions Richmond takes for granted today. In the creation of the Historic Richmond Foundation, the Carriage Museum at Maymont, the Hand Workshop, and the Virginia Chapter of the Nature Conservancy she played the dual roles of visionary and bulldozer. While part of a tradition of strong southern women, Elisabeth Bocock’s tactics were unique, as she sought to convince others of both the practical and aesthetic links between preservation and the environment.”
from : Never Ask Permission : Elisabeth Scott Bocock of Richmond [Hardcover]
Frank Sprague installed a complete system of electric streetcars in Richmond, Virginia, in 1888. This was the first large scale and successful use of electricity to run a city’s entire system of streetcars. Sprague was born in Connecticut in 1857. In 1878 he graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and began a career as a naval officer. He resigned from the navy in 1883 and went to work for Thomas Edison.
Extracts From: http://www.fta.dot.gov
FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION
Transit City, U.S.A.
Mass Transportation in the Cities of America — a Short History and a Current Perspective
Brian J. Cudahy
Photos from our visit to SMV : http://www.smv.org/
My wife Althea loved Mrs. Bocock and is mention on a couple of pages in Never Ask Permission : Elisabeth Scott Bocock of Richmond.