About The Author of
Richard Thompson is a native Oregonian. His keen
interest in industrial history comes honestly.
His family first settled in Linn County, Oregon in the
1880ís, where his grandfather operated the landmark
Thompsonís Flouring Mills. Thompsonís
lifelong interest in streetcars began as a small
boy, when his grandmother took him for rides on
Portland's last streetcar, the Oregon City line.
A graduate of
Thompson has been Crew Coordinator for Vintage
Trolley, Inc., since they first began operating
reproduction streetcars through downtown Portland in 1991. Now a rail historian,
writer and consultant, Thompson has worked as a
historical museum director, school librarian,
archivist, educational technologist and
archaeological field worker.
For nearly 20
years Richard was an active volunteer for The Oregon
Electric Railway Historical Society, operating
trolleys at their Trolley
Park in Glenwood,
as well as editing the newsletter and serving on the
board of directors. He
is also a past president of the Portland Chapter of
the Victorian Society in America.
doing historical research, Thompson enjoys foreign
travel, visiting national parks, and reading and
watching classical English mysteries.
He hopes that
his writing and research will both bring back fond
memories and spark an interest in local railway
history for a younger generation.