Articles about Heritage Trolley Systems
Reproduced here are papers
containing subject matter which can serve as background or reference information
for those planning heritage trolley systems.
Light Rail & Streetcar Systems - How They Differ; How They Overlap. This brochure, published in 2014, explains the similarities and differences between the two popular urban rail modes: Streetcars and Light Rail. It was prepared as a joint effort by the APTA Light Rail Technical Forum and Streetcar Subcommittee.
Street Smart: Streetcars and Cities in
the Twenty-First Century – This book, published in late 2006 by
with the active support and participation of the APTA Streetcar and Heritage
Subcommittee, is the definitive guide for those planning heritage trolley or
modern streetcar systems as an engine of community and economic development. It
covers all aspects of planning and implementation of streetcar systems and is
the first compendium of documented economic benefits of streetcar systems. Order
it from the Seashore Trolley Museum Store by following this link:
Back the Streetcars
– by Paul M. Weyrich and William S. Lind. This paper, published in June, 2002,
is an excellent summary of the case for heritage trolleys and modern streetcars.
Anyone seriously exploring the possibility of introducing these transportation
modes is encouraged to read this paper. Printed copies of this report, suitable
for distribution to potential supporters of heritage systems, are available from
the Free Congress Foundation.
Click here to access the Foundation's online ordering page.
Points in Favor of Streetcars - by Edson Tennyson. This list of points was compiled by a veteran transit professional with more than 60 years in the field. It was intended as a rationale to give streetcar opponents after newly elected Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley fought hard (and unsuccessfully) to kill the streetcar project being built in the city. The points refute common misperceptions about streetcars and the cost of operating them.
Impact on Patronage of Cessation or Inauguration
of Rail Service – by Edson Tennyson. This paper provides a comprehensive
analysis of the preference passengers have for rail transit over buses. Analysis
of the experience in many cities over a long time period shows conclusively that
streetcars or light rail service will consistently attract more riders than
buses along the same route.
Cities Turn to Streetcars to Spur Economic Development - by Daniel C. Vock, Pew/Stateline Staff Writer as published in USA Today. This November 8, 2013 article describes the trend toward urban streetcars and light rail systems in the United States and the reason for cities adopting them.
The New Electric Railway Journal Articles
Reproduced here are a series of articles from The New
Electric Railway Journal, a magazine published by the
Free Congress Foundation from 1992 to 1998. These articles chronicle the evolution of a
number of America's premier heritage trolley operations, and thus can serve as a
valuable reference about planning and operating a heritage trolley system, even
though some years have past since the magazine stopped appearing in print
format. The following are
articles from the printed magazine:
New Orleans Prepares for the Past,
Portland’s New/Old Trolleys, Spring 1992
The Kelley Park Trolley,
Vintage Memphis, Winter 1993
Metamorphosis on Main Street, Summer 1993
Outdraw Fakes, Autumn 1993
Present, Autumn 1993
Veterans from Down Under, Autumn 1994
The Streetcar Renaissance in Dallas, Summer 1995
Heritage Trolleys in Memphis and Galveston, Spring
Heritage Trolleys in Transit, Spring 1996
New Orleans Joys, Fall 1996
Charlotte's Heritage Trolley, Winter 1996-97
The New Ladies in Red, Vol X No I