The Streetcars of New Orleans: 1964-Present

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In 1964, New Orleans began removing its Canal Street streetcars to make way for the "more progressive" buses. In 1988, the Riverfront streetcars began rolling, and in 2004 streetcars made a triumphant return to Canal Street. This concise history, complete with numerous photographs, traces developments in New Orleans streetcar transportation since 1964 and includes chapters on collectibles and the damage from Hurricane Katrina.
ISBN: 9781589807310
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
State: Louisiana
Images: 335
Pages: 208
Dimensions: 8.5 (w) x 11 (h)
Earl W. Hampton, Jr., is a streetcar enthusiast employed by CSX Transportation, a railroad service that transports goods across the eastern United States. In addition to authoring numerous articles in magazines such as Traction & Models, Hampton was also the editor in chief of Open Track, the newsletter of the New Orleans Railway Museum Association, which eventually became the New Orleans Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. Hampton first indulged his lifelong love of railcars with his work as a tourist representative for the "Streetcar Named Desire." As an active member of several street and rail groups, Hampton contributes photography and expertise to such organizations as the New Orleans Street Railway Association, a nonprofit organization whose mission is the preservation and restoration of New Orleans' historic streetcars; Southern States Traction, a discussion group about transit in the South; and Streetcars Desired Everywhere, a blog about the future of rail transit in New Orleans. Hampton graduated from Redemptorist High School and attended the University of New Orleans. He enjoys building model railroads, photographing and riding streetcars, and traveling throughout North America and Europe. A lifelong resident of the Irish Channel neighborhood, Hampton lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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