Southern States Trolleys In Color


End of Line    Condition: Very good, Still in film packaging.  Publishers: Morning sun books Ltd. Author: Edward A Ridolph Pages: 128, Hardcover

The rapid decline of streetcar operation in the south accelerated immediately after the War ended, as peacetime production made buses readily available to replace worn out rail systems. By the end of 1951, a scant decade after Pearl Harbour, only four companies in the entire south were still carrying passengers aboard streetcars. And the interurban, which never made a major impact in the region, was quickly becoming just a memory. The streetcar (it was usually Streetcar in the South, Trolley being a more northern term) made a comeback of sorts in Dixie at the end of the 20th Century. Heritage lines in Dallas, Memphis, Galveston, Tampa, and Grand Cypress near Orlando began carrying a new generation of riders. Expansion continued in New Orleans, with new track being laid where it had vanished under asphalt decades earlier. Light rail, that 21st Century reincarnation of the 19th Century streetcar, came to Dallas beginning in 1996 and is ever-expanding in scope, and other Sunbelt cities, most notably Charlotte, NC, put light rail on the drawing board or at least presented the idea to the electorate. But the rattling, clanging, banging streetcar of the early to mid-20th Century that wandered through the cities and suburbs of The South was no more. Only photographs, rarely in colour, remained to tell of its passing.