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The Gary and Carole Buffington Speakers’ Series | “On The Warpath” – Pennsylvania’s Trolley during WWI

April 19, 2022 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Beaver Station Cultural & Event Center
250 East End Avenue
PA 15009
Beaver Area Heritage Foundation

Transit systems were considered vital war industries, yet it was difficult to keep the trolleys running during the Second World War. Labor and equipment shortages, and a strike involving an army takeover of at least one Pennsylvania property were only some of the issues faced by those running public transit in Pennsylvania. Join volunteer George Gula to see how transit successfully overcame all obstacles and accomplished is role during WWII.

Born in Scranton, George Gula spent his first seven years in Philadelphia, where he developed his interest in streetcars. Returning to Scranton in the late-1950’s, that interest continued as he became immersed in the region’s streetcar systems and its local history. After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Business Logistics, his entire working career was spent working in the public transit industry, first with the County of Lackawanna Transit in Scranton, and then at the Port Authority of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, where he worked in the Schedules and Operations areas from 1975 until his retirement in 2018.

He joined the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum in 1975 and currently serves as an operator and a conductor aboard the streetcars. George volunteers through the Public Outreach and Programing arm of the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum (PTM), located in Washington, PA. He’s been writing for Trolley Fare, the member newsletter, since 1977.

Open to the public and free. -Bring a friend.

Pennsylvania's Trolley during WWII