23 JUNE 1894, Page 14



SIR,—Your admirable suggestion in the Spectator of June- 16th, in regard to the possible future of Essex as a residential county for Londoners, and your hint as to cheap light rail- ways, lead me to ask why the "overhead trolley" electric car system, which has met with so much success in America, has not been introduced in rural and suburban England. For- cities it is, of course, out of the question, the overhead wire being an unsightly and dangerous addition to a crowded business thoroughfare; but I believe I am right in saying that for cheap, rapid, and convenient travel from city to suburb, and from one small town to another, or from villages- of a thousand and upwards to a market town, it cannot be- equalled. As feeders to a railway system such as that of the- Great Eastern Railway, I cannot imagine anything more suitable than the "overhead trolley" as I have seen it at work