On this day in 1906, news of long delays in service for the Athens Electric Railway's trolley service was published in the Weekly Banner:
The first successful electric railway system was developed by Frank J. Sprague, who created the suspension and pulley system that became the standard for cities all over the world. It was installed over 12 miles of tracks in Richmond, Virginia, in 1887, and by 1895, 900 U.S. cities had electric railways, with 11,000 miles of rails.
Most cities had privately run systems, such as Athens Railway & Electric company, which ran the trolley system until March, 1930, when they changed over to a short-lived city bus system.
- Weekly Banner, Jan. 1906 - Dec. 1908 on Microfilm in the Heritage collection.
- Athens Historic Newspaper Archive collection in the Digital Library of Georgia.
- A Postcard History of Athens, Georgia by Gary L. Doster in the Heritage and general collections.
- History of Athens and Clarke County by H.J. Rowe in the Heritage and general collections.
- Buses, Trolleys, and Trams by Charles S. Dunbar in the general collection.
- The Electricity Story: 2,500 Years of Experiments and Discoveries by George deLucenay Leon in the children's collection.
- Electricity: From Faraday to Solar Generators by Martin J. Gutnik in the general collection.
- Electric Universe: The Shocking True Story of Electricity by David Bodanis in the general collection.
- Frank J. Sprague article on the Inventor of the Week Archive on the Lemelson-MIT Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology website.
- Richmond Union Passenger Railway, 1888 article in the Milestones section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Global History Network website.