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Belgrade Avenue looking toward Walworth Street in 1900, had trolley tracks running in the center of the street for the streetcars that crisscrossed through Roslindale.
Belgrade Avenue looking toward Roslindale Square in 1900 had undeveloped stretches of land on the right at the turn of the century.
Charles River Trolley on South Street nearing Adams Park enroute to West Roxbury. Notice Eastern Auto Parts Co., to the right at Washington and Basile Streets. On the left is Edna Beauty Salon and Gold Service Shop. At one time Pagliarulo's Bakery and Santoro's Bakery were located on this block. There are many among us who remember them for their delicious breads and pizza. The block was also home to the Happy Hour Bar which is now Napper Tandy's. The trolley would pass by the old Rialto Theatre, at which the Greater Roslindale Medical and Dental Center now sits. Notice the Krueger Ale advertisement on the front of the trolley.
Charles River Trolley again and looking like it just rounded the bend on South Street onto Belgrade Avenue. To the left is where the Charles River Bus stop is today.
The Forest Hills station is still the last stop on the Orange Line of the MBTA, but at the time it was built in 1909, it was constructed of reinforced concrete and iron with hand-crafted copper embellishments. As many of the stations on the Elevated Railway were designed by Alexander Wadsworth Longfellow (1854-1912), there is no reason to doubt that the original Forest Hills station was constructed according to his plans.
Forest Hills station was the terminus of the Boston Elevated Railway. Connecting Forest Hills and Sullivan Square in Charlestown via the "El," the streetcars in the foreground would bring passengers from Roslindale and West Roxbury to the terminal.
Forest Hills Station, circa 1970s.
Streetcars are awaiting passengers at the Forest Hills station as a horse drawn carriage and cart pass on Washington Street.
A streetcar passes the corner of Mount Hope and Hyde Park Avenue about 1945. On the left is Sellen's Drug Store.
New Haven Railroad's Engine 1300 passes through the Metropolitan Coal Company sheds on Washington Street in the 1930s. The engine pulled four passenger coaches that ran from Providence, Rhode Island, to Boston. Unfortunately, the service was discontinued in 1979, but through persistent efforts, the Roslindale station has been reported reopened for passenger service.
Trolley 34 of the West Roxbury and Roslindale Street Railway made it possible for people who lived in the suburbs to commute into town for business and shopping. Note the woman walking to the trolley on the left.
Vintage Bellevue Station in Roslindale
New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad Co. passenger ticket
Contributions courtesy of Anthony M. Sammarco and The Roslindale Historical Society
Photos courtesy of The Boston Public Library and The Roslindale Historical Society

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