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Kenneth C. Springirth

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Kenneth C. Springirth
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
📆 Years active  1968–present
👩 Spouse(s)Virginia Springirth
👶 Children5

Kenneth Charles Springirth (born 1939) is a United States author, activist, politician, guest-speaker, photographer, and railroad historian.

Early life[edit]

Kenneth demonstrated a passion for railways at an early age. The son of a trolley car motorman in Philadelphia, and the grandson of a trolley car motorman in Washington D.C., Ken was destined to live and breathe steam.

With his father's guidance he began to explore railways all across the nation and abroad and began to develop an infinite passion for the complex systems of steam, metal and transportation. Influenced by many of his contemporaries, Kenneth studied the rise and fall of his beloved behemoths.

Spending his free time either riding a train or at train museums, Kenneth's affinity towards preserving our national heritage grew. With a cause in mind and a direction, Ken set out to chronicle everything that he could regarding trains and trolley systems of America.

Ken was a major proponent of mass transit and the reach of the Erie Metropolitan Transit.

To further his research, Ken studied at the Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University), and began to record the history of locomotives in greater Pennsylvania.

His work has been cited as transformative and inspiring to railway aficionados and historians alike. Ken has preserved a snapshot of the very backbone of America which our country was built upon.[1]


Ken is the author of 32 books on railroads and trolley car systems.[2] He has always been active in his local government both as a politician and activist. Lobbying local governments to preserve these delicate pieces of history along with fighting for basic human rights and interests for his communities.[3][4] Ken won the election for Harborcreek Township Supervisor in 1999 with 2,762 votes to Martin Learn's 1,734 votes with both candidates conducting a clean election.[5]

Nearly five decades have been devoted to preserving the national history of the trolley car and locomotive.

Ken continues to write and preserve and has two books scheduled for publication in 2017 from publisher, Fonthill Media.


Major victory in fight against NFG rate hike[6] Received honors and service award from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church for services to the community [7] As a citizen activist got two questions added to the Erie Country Ballot in 1983 [8] Ken was awarded the AFL-CIO Central Labor Council's Community Services Award [9] Winner of the Liberty Bell Award, 1988[10] Guest of Honor and Lecturer at Kiwanas Rotary Club[11] Received 'Man of Action' title by Erie Times-News[12]


His books are as follows:[13][14]

  • Erie to Conneaut by Trolley (1968)
  • Trolleys of the Gem City (1969)
  • Grape Belt Trolleys (1970)
  • Viewing Pennsylvania Trolleys (1971)
  • North American Trolleys (1976)
  • Trolleys of the English Speaking World (1978)
  • Greater Erie Trolleys (2005)[15]
  • Johnstown Trolleys and Incline (2006)
  • Pittsburgh Streamlined Trolleys (2006)
  • Suburban Philadelphia Trolleys (2007)
  • East Broad Top Railroad (2008)[16]
  • Southeastern Pennsylvania Trolleys (2008)
  • Arcade & Attica Railroad (2009)
  • Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad (2009)
  • Northwestern Pennsylvania Railroads (2010)
  • Toronto Trolleys in Color (2010)
  • Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad (2011) co author David L. Weber
  • Honoring the New York Central Railroad (2012)
  • Remembering the Erie Lackawanna Railroad (2012)[17]
  • Erie to Cleveland by Trolley (2013)
  • Remembering the Pennsylvania Railroad (2013)
  • Chicagoland Electrified Railroads (2014)
  • Jamestown to Buffalo by Trolley (2014)
  • New Orleans Fabulous Streetcars (2014)
  • Toronto Streetcars Serve the City (2014)
  • ABC’s On The Rails (2015)
  • San Francisco’s Magnificent Streetcars (2015)
  • Pennsylvania’s Trolley Heritage (2015)
  • Massachusetts Trolley Heritage (2016)
  • Philadelphia Electrified Rail Lines (2016)
  • Trolleys of Pennsylvania (2016)
  • Street Cars of Washington D.C. (2016)
  • Reading Railroad Heritage (2017)
  • Baltimore Streetcar Memories (2017)


  1. "Kenneth C. Springirth". The Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine, Volume 55, Number 2, April 1972. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  2. http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n50024368/ Retrieved March 14, 2017
  3. "Kenneth C. Springirth vs. the PUC". Commonwealth of PA. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
  4. Oil Creek Water Trail Feasibility Study http://www.tcda.org/shared/WaterTrailStudy.pdf Pulled 3/22/17
  5. Erie Daily Times, Local, Wednesday, November 3, 1999
  6. Morning News, Friday, October 7, 1983
  7. Erie Daily Times, Local, Sunday, October 16, 1983
  8. Erie Daily Times, Local, Monday, February 27, 1984
  9. Erie Times, Local, Sunday, April 29, 1984
  10. Erie Times, Local, Tuesday, May 3, 1988
  11. Corry Journal, Local, Friday, May 6, 1988
  12. Erie Times, Metro, Sunday, September 7, 1989
  13. Arcadia Publishing Inc. http://www.arcadiapublishing.com Retrieved March 14, 2017
  14. Fonthill Media Inc. http://fonthillmedia.com Retrieved March 14, 2017
  15. https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9780738539386
  16. http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/east-broad-*top-railroad-pennsylvania-kenneth-c-springirth/
  17. https://www.arcadiapublishing.com/Products/9781625450715

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