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HOUSTON ELECTRIC: THE STREET RAILWAYS OF HOUSTON, TEXAS

The complete story of Houston's streetcar system from the first horse-drawn cars in 1868 to the last electric streetcar in 1940.   "Houston Electric" not only covers details of track and equipment, but also looks at the politics and economics behind the rise and decline of the streetcar system.  The role of the transit system in Houston's growth, and how electric streetcars made possible the entire concept of suburban growth, is covered in depth.

Houston's early buses are here as well, plus "Houston Electric" takes a brief look at the Bayou City's two interurban lines and the neighboring systems in Galveston and Texas City.

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"Houston Electric: The Street Railways of Houston, Texas" is available directly from the author for $39 postpaid in the USA.  To order, please send check or money order to:

                    Steve Baron, 196 N. Ashland Ave., Lexington KY 40502

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Get an authentic piece of Houston trolley history FREE!

The Nickel Pass was a special fare program used on Houston trolleys and buses in the late 1920s and early 30s. The way it worked was this: A rider would buy the pass for 25 cents (a new pass was required each week) and would then pay only 5 cents each time he boarded a streetcar or bus, rather than the normal 10 cent cash fare or 7-1/2 cent token fare. If you were a regular rider, it was a good deal! To prevent fraud, each week's pass used a random paper and ink color, and had a random one or two digit number or letter combination printed on it. They were not issued in numerical order.

We have a small number of these rare passes for sale, and you can get one free with the purchase of the Houston Electric book. Just be sure to request one when you place your book order. If you only want a pass (no book), they are available for $5 each postpaid, limit one per customer. These are authentic passes, printed on light cardstock, all dating from 1928 to 1930 (you will receive a random date/color combination). They are in very good condition but may show minor creases or other light signs of use.

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