New York City and New Jersey had gigantic tram systems (above are Third Ave. Railway streetcars on 42nd St. (Frank Schlegel.)) In 1935, General Motors began really going at it, systematically getting rid of North America’s electric railways.

Above, NYC trams being shipped off to Bombay (now Mumbai (Kramer.)) 

          

Above, General Motors took great pride in destroying the Twin Cities’ excellent tram system.