Historic Photo of the Month


The “classic” open-air traction car No. 152 of the Dayton, Covington, and Piqua (DC&P) Traction Line on its way to Overlook Park in West Milton.

UNION — This photo, probably taken about 1907 north of Union, Ohio, shows the “classic” open-air traction car No. 152 of the Dayton, Covington, and Piqua (DC&P) Traction Line on its way to Overlook Park in West Milton, Ohio.

The DC&P operated along 34 miles of the Stillwater River Valley from Montgomery into Miami County starting in 1902 through 1926.

The electric train, also known as an interurban, carried both passengers and freight with usually no more than two cars per train. Tracks ran on the east side of the road in rural areas and in the streets through towns such as Englewood, Union, West Milton, and Covington before cutting east to Piqua.

The DC&P was an excursion line of sorts, known as the Overlook Route, because for four months each summer, special open-air cars (reminiscent of today’s San Francisco street cars) took city dwellers to Overlook Park in West Milton where they could picnic and enjoy the country air.

Local historian Scott Trostel will speak about the “History of the DC&P Traction Co.” from 2-4 p.m. on July 18 at the RTHS History Center, 114 Valleyview Dr. in Englewood for those who wish to learn more. The event is free and open to the public but donations are welcome.

Call 832-1858 for more details.