The Thomas F. Larwin San Diego Trolley Collection documents the development of the San Diego Trolley in the early 1980s, and expansion of trolley service through the early
2000s. The collection includes news and press clippings; reports on national developments in light rail transit (LRT) systems;
Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) correspondence, memoranda, and news; MTDB newsletters. Also present is a large
collection of 35mm color photographs (slides) documenting the development of the San Diego Trolley from the 1980s-early 2000s,
as well as photographs of other light rail transit systems from around globe. The collection also includes a wide range of
San Diego Trolley related memorabilia; including service maps, service announcements, schedules, and marketing materials such
as souvenir tickets, label pins, patches, and key chains.
Thomas Larwin served as General Manager of the Metropolitan Transit Development Board (MTDB) from the initial operations of
the San Diego Trolley in 1981, through the opening of the Trolley’s Green Line station at San Diego State University (SDSU)
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the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections
is such that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Requests for permission to publish must be
submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. When granted, permission
is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission
of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish. Materials from our collections are made available
for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including
but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
This collection is open for research.