The New Orleans Regional Transit Authority streetcar No. 920 glistens in the afternoon rain of April 24, 2013 on St. Charles Avenue at Common Street in New Orleans. Since 1835, the St. Charles streetcar line has been operating in New Orleans. At its peak in 1926, there were twenty-six streetcar lines in New Orleans. With the 1964 abandonment of the Canal streetcar line, increased public recognition emerged on the importance of preserving the St. Charles streetcar line, the only remaining streetcar line in New Orleans. Citizen support led to the rebirth of the streetcar in New Orleans.
Kenneth Springirth, with a lifelong interest in streetcars, has made numerous trips to New Orleans to ride, research, walk, and photograph the streetcar lines. Born and raised in the United States, he commuted to Drexel Institute of Technology (now Drexel University) in Philadelphia by trolley car, subway, and sometimes commuter train. His father was a trolley car motorman in Philadelphia, and his grandfather was a trolley car motorman in Washington D.C. With scenes along magnificent St. Charles Avenue, the Canal Street commercial district, the scenic Riverfront line, and the Loyola Avenue line that opened January 28, 2013, this book is a photographic essay providing an insight into New Orleans Fabulous Streetcars.
Dimensions: 275 x 215 mm
Illustrations: 234 color photographs