“A Scary Trolley Ride” from Seawater One….“
During World War II trolley tracks ran down Central Avenue, the main street of the Jersey City Heights, before traveling off of the cliffs and continuing down to Hoboken on a high trestle. At best, it was a hairy ride as it jostled around, nearly coming off of the rails. For some of us kids, it was exciting to hop onto the back of the trolley for a free ride, and then snap the cord to the electrical rod, which provided power from an overhead wire, when I wanted to get off. This would leave the conductor spewing a streak of profanity, as his trolley ground to a standstill. Departing the scene in haste, I would run and quickly disappear into the darkness, leaving him with the daunting task of getting the rod back onto the overhead wire in the dark.
Photo Caption: Jersey City to Hoboken elevated trolley tracks.
Award winning Captain Hank Bracker, Historian, Author and Master Mariner is the author of “Seawater One….” “Suppressed I Rise” & “The Exciting Story of Cuba.” Books are available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, BooksAMillion.com and many Independent Book Stores.