Dayton Routes

The route history, that is, how the Greater Dayton RTA came to be, is quite complicated. Five separate horsecar and streetcar operating companies, along with nine interurban lines paved the way for the conversion from rail to trolleybuses. Along the way, lines were extended, thru routed and combined and recombined.
Rather than try to explain it with words, see the graphic below to get an idea of where and when the various street railway companies, starting with horsecars, progressing to streetcars, and then trolleybuses, came to be. At some future point, I'll update this with the various interurban lines.

Courtesy the Harvey Hylton collection, with lots of inputs from Cliff Scholes, Don Brabson and Ed O'Meara


The following links give an idea of how the streetcar system, route by route, changed to trolley coach, and then how several of the trolley coach lines became diesel

How Dayton's streetcars changed to trolleybuses 1932-1947

Dayton ETB Route History after 1947

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